Vessel: a container for holding something or a person into whom some quality is infused. (Merriam-webster.com)
There is a reason we need to understand the importance of a vessel. The Word of God tells us, “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves … that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (II Corinthians 4:7 & 10).
As Believers in Christ, we want to be containers or vessels that hold the presence of the Lord and a good verse to pray for our lives is, “That each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.” Another translation says, “That each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable” (I Thessalonians 4:4). Let’s look at different vessels and see how they might apply to our lives in a spiritual way.
Rent to own dishes – a vessel that is owned by another – “But now, O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand” Isaiah 64:8. As a vessel that is owned by another, we will not always have the right to make choices for our lives. There are decisions and situations our Lord will ask us to follow that we do not understand. We are reminded in I Corinthians 7:23 that we were bought with a price, that we belong to someone else, to the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are now in a difficult place and wonder why the Lord allowed certain things to happen in your life, remember His word that you are being shaped as clay. As the potter, His hands will not be removed from you until He is finished with the work being created in your life.
A basket – a vessel to serve and feed the Body of Christ – the disciples “… filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten.” This story is taken from John 6:3-13 when Jesus took five loaves of bread, two fish, fed over 5,000 people and still had twelve baskets of food left over. This is a picture to us that we are also to be a vessel that feeds others. How can you be a type of spiritual basket? You can feed others by speaking the Word of God to them and encouraging with words of wisdom from the scriptures. When you read something from the Bible and it reminds you of a friend share it with them. Use a passage of scripture to pray for someone or encourage others in the good qualities you see in their lives by using a verse from the Word. One of the last things Jesus asked Peter to do was to feed His sheep – John 21. You can be a vessel that feeds those around you with the words that are spirit and life (see John 6:63).