“…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 – KJV)
I had a response to the “Ordinary People” post that reminded me of the above scripture, (thanks Claire).
In addition to God using us where we are, it is good to note that whatever He asks us to do is based upon our willingness to be vessels for His service. It is not our strength, knowledge, expertise, or even good looks that qualifies us to be used of God…it is our willingness.
The Bible is full of examples of people who yielded themselves or something they owned to the use of God. And it is good to note that regardless of the magnitude of the outcome, the power was God’s power working in, through, and with them.
For example, in the Old Testament, God used the instrument of Moses’ vocation—his rod/staff—to be the symbol of His power for the job he had to do; then, there was Samson’s hair and David’s sling and stones. Likewise, in the New Testament, we find the lad with the fish and loaves and Jesus using Peter’s boat. Men and women of God that was willing to give over to God, constantly found themselves on the winning side…you and I are no different!
In each example it was not the person or what they had, but the power of God that rested upon it or them when they yielded to Him. Next to accepting Jesus as Lord of our lives—as believers—the greatest thing we can do is realize that God the Holy Spirit and His power lives inside of us…and yield ourselves to His power daily.
I don’t know about you, but I have made the mistake of not appreciating that it was in fact God that worked things out on my behalf, or on the behalf of others through me. This takes the pressure to ‘perform’ off of us because; like “earthen vessels”, we are human and ruled by our nature—which means, we are subject to mess things up. However, when we give over to God and recognize His power is working within us…there is no limit to what can be done!
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