“…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)
God uses people of ordinary position and walks of life. 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 to yield to His Will. “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land”—Isaiah 1:18-20 (NKJV)…as declared in the Word of the Lord.
The Bible is full of illustrations of people who yielded themselves or something they owned for the use of God. Likewise, it is good to note that regardless of the magnitude of the outcome, the influence was God’s power working in, through, and with them.
For example, in the Old Testament, God used the instrument of Moses’ vocation as a shepherd—his rod/staff—to be the symbol of His power for the job he had to do. Then, there was David’s sling and stones. Similarly, in the New Testament, we find the lad with the fish and loaves giving his lunch as a seed that would be expanded to feed thousands; and there was Jesus using Peter’s boat from which to preach…resulting in a huge catch of fish. Men and women of God who was willing to give themselves and whatever they had over to God, constantly found themselves on the winning side–you and I are no different! Whatever you have is distinctively yours as given by God and we should offer it back to Him for His use.
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.—1 Cor 2:4-6
In other words, it is the power of God that is the difference maker in our lives. I am aware that many of us are gifted in some way or maybe have worked hard to acquire knowledge and skill. However, in each example above 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 lives inside of us…and we should yield ourselves to His power daily.
I don’t know about you, but I have made the mistake of not appreciating that it was God who worked things out for me or for 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. Nevertheless, when we give over to God and recognize His power is working within us…there is no limit to what can be done in our world!
I am ready to yield more fully to the power of God. How about you?Have Faith1st ©2013 Faith1st Ministries
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