Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

Vessels
Tammi Stephenson - Oct. 12, 2016
Devotional

One night I was up late and I started thinking about being a vessel.

Isaiah 64:8
“But now, O Lord, You are our father;
We are the clay, You are the potter,
And we are the work of Your hand.”

1 Corinthians 6:20
“For you were bought at a Price;
therefore glorify God in your body
and in your spirit, which are God's.”

I have always had a one track mind to work with what I love. There are opportunities in that field which I can find and pursue. But would my family be the priority? For me the answer is clear. So thinking about a vessel in my house (a dish, a cup, a spoon, an ornament); it's only job is to bring glory to me the owner. The vessels in my house don't get a say in how they are used. They can't even know if it's for a pretty use or a harder use.

Romans 9:21
“Does not the potter have power over the clay,
from the same lump to make one vessel for honor
and another for dishonor?”

The vessels in my house can't pick their jobs or focus on doing one thing they like best. They are inanimate objects. If they had brains they might wish to be single minded (seeking to do what they want to do). A lot of times I don't let them be single minded! As for me if I am single minded, I start bringing glory to myself and missing, or not listening to my Makers instructions. I get too busy with my own agenda to be used for kingdom purposes. I miss the mark on bringing glory to God. I have to remind myself as a vessel to be used to my fullest potential, letting God fill my life where I crave. Things must be God’s way, not my way. My way doesn’t use my fullest potential to bring glory to God.

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
Lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”

So here is my conclusion. I am a vessel in my Fathers house. I can't say what I was made for. I can only trust, and wait for my Fathers soft, still voice and learn to have self control and joy in this day. I know what my heart desires to be made for. Will I follow my Makers instructions as He leads and remember that God is glorified sometimes more in my weakness rather than in my talents?