This morning, we are discussing the theme “YOU ARE A CHOSEN VESSEL OF GOD” under the following:
- What is a Vessel and what does it mean to be a chosen vessel?
- What demands does this make on us?
A vessel is a container or a ship or a large boat. It is different from utensil or an instrument. Our focus here is the usage of a vessel as a container. In this case, a vessel is not used to do something but to contain something. In relating to the theme, we can say that the believer is a vessel of God and as such God dwells in the body.
In 1 Corinthians 6: 20 we read, “For God bought you with a high price. So you must honour God with your body”. In 1 Peter 2: 9, the scripture identified the believer a chosen vessel, royal priesthood, Holy nation and God’s special possession.
WHAT DEMANDS DOES THIS MAKE ON US
Firstly, it must remind us that we can’t live anyhow. In Genesis 39: 6b-9, we read, “Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
Secondly, it must cause us to know that our lives must always please God. Wherever you find yourself, you must be different and unique. You must be acceptable to the Lord in all areas of your life.
Thirdly, it must compel us to go and bear fruit that will last. A demand to make others come to the saving grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We must go and bring those in the dark by the way we live and by the way we acknowledge God in every area of our lives. What we have learnt from the Lord we are expected to share with others so as to bring them to the saving knowledge of the Lord
We must declare the praises of Him who called us. We can declare His praises with our way of life. The way you talk and dress will encourage others to worship the Lord in praise.
We must also demonstrate the character of a vessel of God.
Remember that you are a chosen vessel of God, hence the need to live a life that will bring glory to God
*This was joint service at for the District JY members*