Welcome to “Going Deeper with the Word.” In this segment, we welcome people of all backgrounds, religious or not, to review with me the Word of God. The Word of God provides guidance, direction, and instructions for living our lives and walking with God.
Today, we examine how God’s Word provides clear guidance and direction about how to be a vessel for Him.
Let’s review examples of God’s Word that can lead and guide our steps and back up the principles we learned in today’s message. I will be reading scripture today from the Amplified Bible.
Here is our first verse:
But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.– Acts 1:8 AMP
In this verse, Jesus Christ explains that the Holy Spirit has the ability to provide us with power and abilities we would not have otherwise. The Holy Spirit can provide guidance when we ask for assistance. For example, if you by chance find yourself approaching someone who is homeless, you can ask the Holy Spirit if and how you should act. This may involve offering the individual a meal or even leaving a meal beside them if they are asleep.
Let’s have a look at another verse.
All that My Father gives Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, never reject anyone who follows Me].– John 6:37 AMP
In this verse, Jesus Christ explains that all who come to Him will not be rejected or cast away. We can learn quite a bit from this verse. In the same way, we can learn that God will equip us in all of the ways that we need. God will never place us in a situation that is more than we are capable of. When we know this truth, we can know that while we may feel nervous or a bit uncomfortable about being a vessel for someone in the spur of the moment, we can ask the Holy Spirit for guidance on what to say, what to offer, and how to be used as a vessel. We should also use common sense when dealing with strangers and be mindful of our safety, but know the Holy Spirit is with us in real-time and can lead and guide us at every moment.
Let’s look at one last verse.
Now in a large house, there are not only vessels and objects of gold and silver, but also vessels and objects of wood and of earthenware, and some are for honorable (noble, good) use and some for dishonorable (ignoble, common). Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things [which are dishonorable—disobedient, sinful], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart for a special purpose and], useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.– 2 Timothy 2:20-21 AMP
In this verse, we see a very clear reference to being a vessel of honor, sanctified and prepared for good work by the Master. This verse also reminds us that part of our role in being a vessel is to cleanse ourselves of things that are dishonorable. If there are areas of our lives that do not honor God, we should do everything in our power to remove these things from our lives so that we can fully realize the level to which God will use our gifts to benefit others.
Ask God to be used as a vessel. Ask Him to show you the areas of your life that need to change and the ways in which you can prepare to be a vessel for His good works. Being a vessel for God glorifies Him and allows you to honor Him in ways you would have never imagined. When you ask, be prepared for discomfort and maybe even hesitation, but ask the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and strengthen you in these situations. The rewards of serving God are irreplaceable.
Thank you for your time in reviewing these verses with me today.
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