Lisa Ninaber is a wife, a proud grandma and a mother to four grown children. The ministry of Catch The Fire has...
“In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.” (2 Timothy 2:20-21 MSG)
We are vessels — every one of us. The Word says if we belong to Him, then we are temples, containers, where the Spirit of God dwells. He desires to fill this temple with His life-giving water, so that we may be spilled out on to the world around us. But sometimes the condition of our vessel prevents that.
God longs to use each and every one of us for noble purposes. He wants to present our poured out lives as a gift to those in whom we come in contact with. We are all called to this. God, in fact, calls us “His masterpiece.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT) We are His work of art and He yearns to put us on display before the world.
We were created to “do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” However, God can only use us for these “noble” purposes if we cleanse our lives of “ignoble” things — if we get rid of the garbage, the junk and the sin which “so easily entangles us.” (Hebrews 12:1) The Spirit of God can only fill those places wholly surrendered to Him.
We must let the Spirit have His way in our lives. Only He can set us free. Only He can make us holy. We must submit ALL to Him and ask Him to fill those empty places once again. We must keep being filled with His presence so that we might be “useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work,” (2 Timothy 2:21) and so we can be ready to step out at a moment's notice to bless those He puts in our path.
I don’t know about you, but I want to walk in all that God has prepared for me. I want to do the works He has called me to do. I want to be a beautiful container that brings pleasure to my King.
I’m throwing out the trash! How about you?
This archived article was written by Lisa Ninaber for release in Feb, 2014. Circumstances and situations may have changed regarding the author, locations and ministries. This content may therefore be outdated or misinformed.
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