A Vessel for Honor (Excerpt from 31 Days of Encouragement – Laura)

“BUT THIS PRECIOUS TREASURE – THIS LIGHT AND POWER THAT NOW SHINE WITHIN US – IS HELD IN PERISHABLE CONTAINERS, THAT IS, IN OUR WEAK BODIES. SO EVERYONE CAN SEE THAT OUR GLORIOUS POWER IS FROM GOD AND IS NOT OUR OWN.”
II Corinthians 4:7

Perishable containers, jars of clay, weak earthen vessels. Paul uses these phrases to describe us. The mystery is this: God places His precious treasure, His light and power in us. For what purpose? So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and not our own.

Talk about grace! We have been given something we most definitely do not deserve. God’s presence living in us. Throughout scripture Christians are compared to vessels. In the book of Job, God says that we dwell in houses of clay, referring to our physical bodies. Paul admonishes Timothy, “If you keep yourself pure, you will be a utensil (vessel) God can use for His purpose” (II Timothy 2:21). Without Christ, we are powerless, purposeless clay vessels, unclean and useless. When we are filled with Christ (the treasure) we become holy and set apart for His purposes. Paul explains that the purpose of
the treasure is to show God’s all surpassing power.

At our house, we have a pitcher (vessel) used only for sweet tea. Empty, it is of no use, but filled with sweet tea, it becomes useful and fulfills its purpose. There’s nothing as refreshing on a hot summer day. God’s purpose in creating you was to glorify Himself. We honor God by bringing Him glory therefore fulfilling our purpose. “Christ is the One through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see…everything has been created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16). You were not created for yourself. You were made by God and for God to be a
blessing and refreshment to others. “I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them” (Isaiah 43:7).

God’s presence takes up residence in you when, by faith, you trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sin. We are empty vessels. God draws us to Himself by showing us His love. Paul tells us in Romans 5:8 that His love was shown on the cross where Jesus died and shed His perfect blood to wash away our sins. When we accept, by faith, what Jesus did for us on the cross, He picks up the dirty, empty vessel. He washes us with Christ’s blood and fills us up with the Holy Spirit, His treasure. We become useful to the Master Potter.

God has specific purposes in mind for you. How has He designed you to bring Him glory? Take time today to listen to Him through His Word, praise Him for the honor of shining His light and power, and bless Him for the privilege of being His vessel for honor.

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