- The Vessel –
by, Mar 20th 2012 at 03:25 AM (8392 Views)
1 Corinthians 1:27, “God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty”
The Master was searching for a vessel to use; on the shelf there were many - which one would He choose? "Take me,” cried the gold one, "I'm shiny and bright, I'm of great value, and I do things just right. My beauty and luster will outshine the rest and for someone like You, Master, gold would be the best!" The Master passed on with no word at all; He looked at a silver urn, narrow and tall; "I'll serve You, dear Master, I'll pour out Your wine and I'll be at Your table whenever You dine, My lines are so graceful, my carvings so true, And my silver will always compliment You." Unheeding the Master passed on to the brass, it was wide mouthed and shallow, and polished like glass. "Here! Here!" cried the vessel, "I know I will do, Place me on Your table for all men to view." "Look at me", called the goblet of crystal so clear, "My transparency shows my contents so dear, though fragile am I, I will serve You with pride, and I'm sure I'll be happy in Your house to abide." The Master came next to a vessel of wood, Polished and carved, it solidly stood. "You may use me, dear Master", the wooden bowl said, "But I'd rather you used me for fruit, not for bread!" Then the Master looked down and saw a vessel of clay. Empty and broken it helplessly lay. No hope had the vessel that the Master might choose, to cleanse and make whole, to fill and to use. "Ah! This is the vessel I've been hoping to find, I will mend and use it and make it all mine."
(1) I need not the vessel with pride of its self;
(2) Nor the one who is narrow to sit on the shelf;
(3) Nor the one who is big mouthed and shallow and loud;
(4) Nor one who displays his contents so proud;
(5) Not the one who thinks he can do all things just right;
(6) But this plain earthy vessel filled with My power and might."
Then gently He lifted the vessel of clay. Mended and cleansed it and filled it that day. Spoke to it kindly. "There's work you must do, Just pour out to others as I pour into you."
The Son of God wasn’t only born in an unlikely location and of unlikely parents, but He chose His first followers at an unlikely place. He didn’t search the religious schools for the most learned scholars nor look among the ranks of brilliant military leaders. He stayed away from skilled statesmen and famous orators. Rather, Jesus went to the shores of Galilee and called out four common fishermen; Peter and Andrew, James and John. Some would conclude these were bad choices! They were uneducated and tough characters. What would they know about starting a worldwide movement? They couldn’t work a crowd if they had to. However, on behalf of fishermen everywhere, let me say that they did have many positive qualities. They must be resourceful, courageous, and patient. No doubt such qualities would be helpful in carrying out the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20; however, I don’t think that is why Jesus chose those men. I believe He wanted to demonstrate how God can transform ordinary people into “fishers of men” as recorded in Mark 1:16-20). My friend, God’s work is quite often done by ordinary people from unlikely places that are committed to Him – people like you and me. Oh, we may say to God, “I’m nothing. I have no gifts and I often fail miserably. Do You really want to use me?” The answer to that question is found in the Scripture I referenced in the book of Mark. However, to be successful, we must follow the One who can make us fishers of men. But, we need to allow Him to use us as a vessel for His service. So, my brethren, if you’ve been saved by the blood of the Lamb, my question would be:
(1) What kind of vessel are you?