Do you want to be a vessel of honor? As I was reading Jeremiah 18:1-11, I saw the process of being made or perfected by God. God told Jeremiah to go down to the potter’s house and that He would cause him to hear His words. How important it is to cultivate the hearing of God’s voice. The Father is always speaking, but we are often too busy to hear. We are admonished., “Be still and know that I am God!”
We live in a world that is full of distractions. If we are to be lead by the Spirit, we have to find a place of refuge and corner in the attic, a spare room in the house, the porch, somewhere where you can get alone and just be still before Him.
Our flesh clamors for stimulation, but our spirit craves quietness and communion with the Lord. “Come unto me all ye who labor and I will give your rest…” He longs to speak with us and comfort us and direct us. We must cultivate being still, that we might hear his voice. After we have finished praying, it is time for us to be quiet and allow God to speak to us.
God wants to Show us Something
God spoke to Jeremiah and told him to arise, and I will cause you to hear. Why didn’t God just tell him what he wanted and where he was? Why did he have to arise? The fact that God said, “arise”, shows that had to move from one state to another; either mentally or physically. The word “arise” means: to become powerful; come on the scene.
So Jeremiah had to move from a state of repose to a state of action.
God often reveals his will to us progressively. As Jeremiah obeyed the first command, further instruction was given to him. “I will cause thee to hear my words.” The word “hear” means, to perceive by ear. As we are quick to hear and obey the voice of the Lord, He will speak to us more frequently.
What is a Vessel of Honor?
As believers, we carry a precious gift of God inside of us. We are human containers of the glory of God. The scripture says, We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7. A Vessel of honor is not so much a thing in itself, but it is what we as Christians should strive to be. We are to live in such a way that we bring glory to God. Our actions, speech, and lifestyles should emulate Jesus Christ. As we develop a strong prayer life and read the Word, and strive to do what the scripture tells us, we begin to look more and more like Him. We are watched and judged by all who see it.
Will you be a Vessel of Honor?
God had a great revelation to share with Jeremiah, which he would have missed if he had not obeyed God’s first command. God showed Jeremiah the process of being made by the hands of the Great potter. He saw how the vessel in God’s hand was marred. The word “marred” means ( Nepal ) to be spoiled, be corrupted, be corrupt, be injured, be ruined, and be rotted.
Some who have been serving the Lord for many years think they have made it. We can quote scripture, we sing in the choir and are involved with the prayer ministry of the church. If we could only see what the Father sees, we would hang our heads in shame. We are those vessels, marred in the hands of the potter and it takes many breakings that the sweetness of His glory can flow through us consistently and unhindered.
The Potter and the Clay
The process of being made a vessel of honor is not always a pleasant one. Many times we are chastened and subject to repeat hard tests over and over again until we finally comprehend what God desires to do in us and through us.
God’s cry is, why can I not do with you as this clay. He is longing to mold us and to make us after his delight. We have this treasure in an earthen vessel. The glory of God rests on us, and as we allow Him to deal with us, and to make us, God will be glorified though our lives.
Just as the Old Testament sacrifice was tied to the horns of the altar waiting to be slaughtered; so we must be diligent to remain on the altar, and allow the Father’s knife to cut away everything that will cause us to be spoiled, corrupted, injured, or rotten. Then and only then, can we truly be vessels of honor, fit for the Master’s use.