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Vessels Of Honor Gold And Silver
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Do you know you are called to be a special vessel? I’ve noticed most pastors, leaders, armorbearers and servant leaders have this call on their lives. It’s all wrapped up in your choice, more about that later. Another thing, there really is a price to be paid when the choice is made to be a special vessel for the Lord.
All you have to do is look through the word of God and it’s plain to see. From persons like Abel and his worship before a holy God, to Abraham and him being willing to offer his only son to a holy God. David, with his praise, worship and dance that was before the Lord. He did it, so well, his wife Michal got jealous.
Samson as a Nazarite, promising to never let a knife cut his hair, as an outward sign of his covenant. Jeremiah as he wept before the Lord. Elijah as he stood before the false prophets of Baal and called fire down upon the sacrifices to show distinction between their God and his. Later executing them all.
Mary said yes to the Holy Spirit. She was a special vessel, saying I’m willing to let the Messiah come through me and save the world from its sin. These are just a few of God’s special vessels that did great deeds and works before the Lord.
Now My Thinking Is…
If the Lord did it with all of these beautiful “Old Testament people,” how much more can he use us in a greater way under a better covenant, the New Testament? The word ‘special vessel,’ will really get some religious people stirred up. Mostly, they say, we are all saved, aren’t we? What’s with the special stuff?
And I would say, most definitely a big yes, we are all saved. But there is a distinction. And that would be called, making that choice, followed by more dedication of service, unto the Lord. All you have to do is look at the people that I mentioned above and reminisce on their life. There are certain common elements that will prove they were special vessels. They all were very eccentric. They did strong things before the Lord. And the Word of God says, God is no respecter of persons.
With a smile, I remember a popular trend that is going around among coaches these days. Let’s say your child is on a sports team. They play between each other during the week for practice. She happens to be on the losing team that week. But the coach decides to give them all stars, the winners and the losing team. They decide not to make any distinction. “We want no one to feel rejection,” they say.
It’s just wrong thinking. They (the children) are not being prepared for life, in this case. You see, everyone knows that the losing team will fight harder next time. They’ll practice with a greater intensity because they don’t want to lose again…
Are you a willing vessel?
Back to your special vesselness? You must hone your life straight in, just like a champion. There will be no shirking the task. Do you know that all you have to do is decide to become a special vessel before the Lord? Once you’ve made the decision, you have to walk it out, with the power of the Holy Spirit. Now, I must warn you, it’s not an easy task to become special before the Lord. It’s a job, but the Lord will help you. Here’s a list of three top things that you must get used to doing regularly.
Fasting. Self-control is just one of the things that you will have to put in place in your life. I don’t care how anointed you are, if you can’t control how much you eat, the enemy will take advantage of it and use it against you. If he can take you out prematurely in your life, then he has succeeded. And that shouldn’t be.
Prayer. According to Jesus, Man ought to always pray and not faint.” The word of God says one can put a thousand to flight, but two can put ten thousand to flight. Prayer is of most importance, alongside intercession. Every one of the men and women that I mentioned above, had power with God. And here’s one of the most important benefits that comes with this special vessel calling. The Lord doesn’t let any of their words fall to the ground. Meaning, he answers their prayers.
Obedience. Walking in obedience is important. The special vessel is called to a life of obedience. There won’t be any arguing with God. Moses tried it and God almost killed him. The story goes, he changed his mind after his wife interceded for him and God let him alone. Abraham said yes; Moses said yes; Jeremiah said yes; Noah said yes; Elijah and Elisha said yes; Mary said yes; John the Baptist said yes. Jesus said, “Not my will be done, but yours be done; he said yes!
Will You Say Yes?
A large house contains not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay. Some indeed are for honorable use, but others are for common use. So if anyone cleanses himself of what is unfit, he will be a vessel for honor: sanctified, useful to the Master, and prepared for every good work.… —II Timothy 2:20
It’s all in the plan of God, many are called, but few are chosen. Now plainly, when you receive Jesus as Lord and savior, you are saved. But what I’m speaking about is going deeper in the things of the Lord. Don’t forget I’m talking about the one that holds the world in his hand. Since he created us, how much more can he take us further and deeper in the great things of the Lord?
I am willing, how about you? Are you willing to make the sacrifice to be in his perfect will? That means letting go all secularism. You can’t be singing his praise on one day and arguing about the Soaps (day time or night) on the next. Neither, will you tout all over the place, including Social Media how much you enjoyed the Beyoncé concert the other day. Talking about I know how to twerk now! Oh yes, I hear you saying, “It’s all about “The doing and the not-doing,” sarcastically.
I must say, yes you are right. For a person that is called to do a grand special work for the Lord, that is what it is all about. A price will have to be paid in a life of sacrifice. I know that my words may cause you to feel uncomfortable and others your hair may curl up on your head in anger.
But that’s ok, if you hear and obey the will of the Lord in it. We’re called to be salty. For if salt loses its savor, what good will it be? I can’t serve cookies and ice-cream all the time… Now don’t get all discouraged, God has his rewards, too. The question really is, are you willing?
The Called, Chosen And Faithful
The Lord called my wife and I to be set apart for his special work. One of the funny things that got my attention was, it happened when we decided to stop watching rated R movies. It was back in the early 90’S. You see we had just started to preach and teach in the Texas Prison and Dallas County Jail System.
The Lord was calling us much deeper in him. The word I mentioned earlier, ‘the one who chooses to cleanse himself of what’s unfit… in 2 Timothy 2:21’ and this one started it all for us. The Holy Spirit said to us, “Draw nigh unto me and I will draw nigh unto you and show you great and mighty things. The rest is history; that’s just what we did and God responded. I can say He has shown up mightily through many different seasons.
In this present season of our lives, the Lord is doing great and mighty things. We see the people of God receive healings, answered prayers, get delivered, and people being saved. I must be truthful. The special vessel life is a sacrifice in itself. But God’s benefits are worth any task that comes forth in our lives. Now the question falls to you. Are you called as a special vessel? Just as importantly, are you willing?
The Lord’s willing and obedient servant,
Rev. Varn E Brown, Sr.
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