Are you living a life that is pleasing to God, or are you falling short? We all wander off the path from time to time, but He can make us a living witness that will bring glory to God. 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 hearing God’s voice. 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!”
Beware of Distractions
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, a corner in the attic, a spare room in the house, the porch, somewhere where you can get alone and 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 tell him what he wanted and where he was? Why did he have to arise? God said, “arise” shows that they 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 power’s excellency 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 will become when we align ourselves with the Word and character of God. 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, 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 us.
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, sing in the choir, and are involved with the church’s prayer ministry.
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 through 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. Only then can we truly be vessels of honor, fit for the Master’s use.
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I am struggling to find employment, I am just a electrician but don’t have any high education. Looking for work and the stress of trying to provide for my family took a toll on me. I felt so useless. I said over, over and over I am useless. Stupid and can’t do anything.
I said again to myself tonight that I am useless. And immediately I HEARD you are a vessel, it is what is inside that gives the vessel it’s value. The Holy Spirit is inside. I could only say over and over Thank you Jesus. I then laid on my bed I gave myself a hug, I wanted to hug the Holy Spirit. I googled IT IS WHAT IS INSIDE THE VESSEL And I founded your post Pamela. Thank you
Hello, Clinton. I am so glad the words of the Holy Spirit uplifted your spirit. Never forget you have a treasure within you. The treasure is the Spirit of God. My special prayer for you. Father God, I worship and praise your Holy name for you are worthy. You have created each and every one of us in your image and we are blessed and your hand is on our lives. Jesus, I ask that you fill Clinton with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. May your words and your presence fill every place within him. Let him hear you speak to his heart in the times when he is discouraged. I ask for a miracle of provision. Send Clinton more work than he can do himself. Give him so much work that he has to hire help. Bless the work of his hands, the hands you made Father. His hands are blessed, and everything he touches will prosper. Let him provide abundantly for his family and give him a new house, a bigger house. Cause him to be a testimony in his community of what God can do. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.