A Vessel

 

During my prayer time yesterday the word “vessel” kept coming to my mind and all throughout the day and into last night this word would randomly come to my mind. This morning I decided during my bible time to do a little research on this word. I looked this word up in the dictionary and the definitions that stood out to me were a hollow container such as a pot, bowl, or pitcher. The definition of a person as a vessel means a person regarded as a holder or receiver of something nonmaterial. I then began to search scripture to see what God says about the word vessel and that is when it got good to me! As I read these verses my mind became so flooded with thoughts that all I could do was sit in total awe of Him for a few minutes. I am going to write it as it was given to me and I pray it touches you the way it did me this morning. God is so Good!!

2 Timothy 2:20 -21 NJKV But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

In this passage Paul is talking to Timothy when he uses this illustration of the different types of vessels used in those days. The gold and silver vessels were kept clean and used for honorable purposes such as dinner parties. While the wood and clay vessels were used for dishonorable purposes such as garbage. In this illustration, we are all born wood and clay vessels. You can paint the outside to look like silver or gold, but the inside is still full of garbage and waste. You can cover the outside with jewels of good deeds and good works, but the inside is still full of garbage and waste. You can cover it with the fragrance of self-righteousness and the inside is still full of garbage and waste. Some people spend their entire lives trying to externally fix and cover up the garbage and waste that is on the inside. The good news is I know the one who can change us in an instant from wood and clay vessels to silver and gold vessels. Jesus Christ is the only one who can change us to silver and gold vessels. The day you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you are a new creation or a new vessel. He washes away our sin which is our garbage and waste on the inside. He restores what is broken and cracked and fills us with the Holy Spirit. We then become a vessel of honor. Ready to be used by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Silver and gold vessels were used to serve, so an empty vessel was not much of use. These vessels were constantly being refilled to continue to serve others. I began to think what God gives us to refill us so we can continue to serve. He gives us the bread of life. John 6:35 NKJV And Jesus said to them, I am the the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believe in Me shall never thirst. He gives us water. John 4:14 NKJV but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. He gives us the ability to sow seeds that we may reap the harvest. 2 Corinthians 9:10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. Jesus said to his disciples in Matthew 9 that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. We as his vessels are the laborers that need to go out and harvest the souls for God. Seeing people get saved should have our cups running over. We should get so excited and energized from seeing this that we are out everywhere trying to reap a harvest of souls for Christ. God gave each of us a gift or talent to fulfill our purpose on this earth.  The end result of our purpose should be souls being saved and set on fire for Jesus.  God have given us everything we need to do this. He has changed us from wood and clay vessels full of garbage to shining gold and silver vessels. He has equipped us with the Word, talent, gifts, purpose, and prayer to keep our vessels full that we may serve others. That we may show them the fruits of the spirit mentioned in Galatians chapter 5.

Today I encourage each of us to think of ourselves as His vessels here to serve and ask yourself what am I doing to serve? Are there areas in my life that I could do more and if so, what is holding you back?  Are you being led to do something outside of your comfort zone and you are letting doubt hold you back?  If we can begin to see ourselves as just stewards of this vessel and God as the owner of the vessel then we can let go of all the things we hold on so tightly to.  Let us all make a commitment today to do more to serve so that we can see souls saved. 

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day in Jesus Christ!!

 

 

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During my prayer time yesterday the word “vessel” kept coming to
my mind and all throughout the day and into last night this word would randomly
come to my mind. This morning I decided during my bible time to do a little
research on this word. I looked this word up in the dictionary and the
definitions that stood out to me were a hollow container such as a pot,
bowl, or pitcher
. The definition of a person as a vessel means a person
regarded as a holder or receiver of something nonmaterial.
I then began to
search scripture to see what God says about the word vessel and that is when it
got good to me! As I read these verses my mind became so flooded with thoughts
that all I could do was sit in total awe of Him for a few minutes. I am going
to write it as it was given to me and I pray it touches you the way it did me
this morning. God is so Good!!

2 Timothy 2:20 -21 NJKV But in a great house there are not only
vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some
for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be
a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every
good work.

In this passage Paul is talking to Timothy when he uses this illustration of
the different types of vessels used in those days. The gold and silver vessels
were kept clean and used for honorable purposes such as dinner parties. While
the wood and clay vessels were used for dishonorable purposes such as garbage.
In this illustration, we are all born wood and clay vessels. You can paint the
outside to look like silver or gold, but the inside is still full of garbage
and waste. You can cover the outside with jewels of good deeds and good works,
but the inside is still full of garbage and waste. You can cover it with the fragrance
of self-righteousness and the inside is still full of garbage and waste. Some
people spend their entire lives trying to externally fix and cover up the
garbage and waste that is on the inside. The good news is I know the one who
can change us in an instant from wood and clay vessels to silver and gold
vessels. Jesus Christ is the only one who can change us to silver and gold
vessels. The day you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you are a new
creation or a new vessel. He washes away our sin which is our garbage and waste
on the inside. He restores what is broken and cracked and fills us with the
Holy Spirit. We then become a vessel of honor. Ready to be used by the King of
Kings and Lord of Lords.

Silver and gold vessels were used to serve, so an empty vessel was not much
of use. These vessels were constantly being refilled to continue to serve
others. I began to think what God gives us to refill us so we can continue to
serve. He gives us the bread of life. John 6:35 NKJV And Jesus said to
them, I am the the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he
who believe in Me shall never thirst.
He gives us water. John
4:14 NKJV but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never
thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of
water springing up into everlasting life.
He gives us the ability to
sow seeds that we may reap the harvest. 2 Corinthians 9:10 Now may He
who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the
seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.
Jesus
said to his disciples in Matthew 9 that the harvest is plentiful, but
the laborers are few.
We as his vessels are the laborers that need to
go out and harvest the souls for God. Seeing people get saved should have our
cups running over. We should get so excited and energized from seeing this that
we are out everywhere trying to reap a harvest of souls for Christ. God gave each
of us a gift or talent to fulfill our purpose on this earth.  The end result of our purpose should be souls
being saved and set on fire for Jesus.  God
have given us everything we need to do this. He has changed us from wood and clay
vessels full of garbage to shining gold and silver vessels. He has equipped us
with the Word, talent, gifts, purpose, and prayer to keep our vessels full that
we may serve others. That we may show them the fruits of the spirit mentioned
in Galatians chapter 5.

Today I encourage each of us to think of ourselves as His vessels here to
serve and ask yourself what am I doing to serve? Are there areas in my life
that I could do more and if so, what is holding you back?  Are you being led to do something outside of
your comfort zone and you are letting doubt hold you back?  If we can begin to see ourselves as just stewards
of this vessel and God as the owner of the vessel then we can let go of all the
things we hold on so tightly to.  Let us
all make a commitment today to do more to serve so that we can see souls saved. 

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day in Jesus Christ!!

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