**This past Sunday March 19th Pastor Leisa shared a powerful word with our Rock Congregation entitled “A City Filled With Willing Vessels”. It was such a rich timely word that we wanted to chew on it even further on our She Declares blog, especially for those of you who did not get a chance to hear it. Let the words get down deep in your spirit and remind you how truly significant you are and that you have been called to be a shining light, declaring Worth to those around you.**
HOW DO I LET MY LIGHT SHINE?
Definition of VESSEL: a container which holds liquid or solid, a water craft larger than a fishing boat, a canal or artery in the body that circulates fluid, or the vascular system of a plant.
In God’s Word it means a person that HE uses. It means our lives…..our bodies as living vessels. When talking about vessels, there are useful ones and not useful ones. How many of you today want to be a vessel HE Can USE??!!
Any light requires an object or vessel to contain and hold the light. Consider 2 Timothy 2:19-21 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 20 In a large house there are VESSELS not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves; THEIR VESSELS, will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
9 “Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker – An earthenware VESSEL among the VESSELS of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’ Or say to HIM, He has no hands-or HE is so clumsy! ‘ THE HEBREW commentaries say when we contend with God in this way-we are actually contending with each other-and when we do-we clash our lives against one another-smashing our vessels, our pots into pieces. We scar our vessels instead strengthening one another…..
In Matthew Henry’s commentary is states: “If God is our Father, where is the honour we owe to HIM by submitting to His will and allowing HIM to use us however HE pleases?” HE is creating vessels for HIS use-not our USE!!
1 Peter 4:10 Each of you use the gift you have received to serve others
No one wants to be an empty vessel-We want to be filled with ALL HE IS-SO WE CAN OFFER TO THIS WORLD WHAT THEY NEED! This is the treasure in Earthen vessels, the writer was talking about…..this is the mystery Paul wrote about when he said……IT IS CHRIST IN ME THE HOPE OF GLORY!
HE HAS SHOWN US WHAT IS GOOD:
TO ADMINSTER JUSTICE
TO LOVE MERCY
TO WALK IN HUMILTY
SO WE CAN BE A CITY SET ON A HILL….. A LIGHT, NOT HIDDEN, BUT A VESSEL BURNING BRIGHT FOR HIS KINGDOM!