By Alawode Omotunde (Woman in His Vineyard)
In the Bible, there are several true vessels. For someone to be a vessel, he or she is either chosen by God even before he or she is born, for such is the case of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5). Some are born into the priesthood either because their parents are vessels of God or either of the parents is a vessel unto God, for this is the case of Daniel. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah are born into the lineage of priests (Judah), hence they have the unction of priesthood on them (Daniel 1:6). John the Baptist was a vessel chosen by God before birth, of which his parents were given rules and guidelines to nature him for the mission he was to fulfill (Luke 1: 5 -17).
Samson is yet another vessel of God (Judges 13: 3-5). Moses is a vessel destined to take the lead of bringing the Israelites out of the boundary in the land of Egypt. God in fact raised him in the house of those He wanted him to plunged into condemnation for the sake of God’s beloved people, Israel (Exodus 2). Jehu is another good example of a true vessel of the Lord (2 Kings 10: 15 -31).
However, some true vessels of God, though we might not know about their link to the priesthood of God from the background, but yet they are cleansed of every dishonorable act, set apart as holy, useful, and sanctified, ready to work, adhere and strictly obey God (2 Timothy 2:21; James 4:7). Examples of such people are Abraham, Noah, and Enoch.
Substantial numbers of true vessels of God have been listed above. And to substantiate same, it is duty-bound to list some borrowed vessels. But before I go on to list them, we need to know what being borrowed stands for and why we are using it as an adverbial illustration.
Borrowed, according to the dictionary is what was taken and used (something belonging to someone else) for a particular purpose and at a particular time, with the intention of returning back to the owner; an object that couldn’t be retained unless the owner dashed it out.
We have a borrowed vessel in the person of Balaam’s donkey, which Balaam rode on his way to meet Balak in order to curse Israelites as Balak would have wanted him to do. The donkey saw the angel standing with the sword of which Balaam didn’t see the angels. God borrowed the donkey to talk to Balaam (Numbers 22).
Nebuchadnezzar is another borrowed vessel of God for he was a pagan and for a purpose that God wanted him to observe, He called him His servant (Jeremiah 27: 6).
Assyria was borrowed to punish Israel for so the bible says in Isaiah 10: 5- 6 and I quote: 5 The Lord says, “I will use Assyria like a stick. In my anger I will use Assyria to punish Israel. 6 I will send Assyria to fight against the people who do evil. I am angry with them, and I will command Assyria to fight against them. Assyria will defeat them and take their wealth. Israel will be like dirt for Assyria to walk on in the streets.
Now, what are the qualities that distinguish true vessels of God. By itemising the qualities, I know all of us would be able to ascertain which category we belong to and amend our ways. Below are the criteria that qualify one as a true vessel of God:
1. Being born again – all vessels of God must be born again without which he or she can’t see the Lord (John 3:3).
2. Holiness – Persons that will be true vessels of God must be holy in all ramifications for people with filthy hands, heart and soul is not worthy to stand in His holy place (Psalms 24: 3-5).
3. Flee from sin – This is a great commandment for all vessels of God for we can’t be in sin and demand of the glory of God (2 Corinthians 6: 17; Proverbs 6: 16-19; 1 Corinthians 6: 9 -10)
4. Activate all the fruits of the spirit – All vessels of God must display all the fruits of the spirits that is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. By possessingg these listed characters, you are right with God (Galatians 5: 22-23).
5. Grateful heart – All vessels of God must not accredit anything to him or herself, but give thanks to God for making all things possible (Colossians 3: 15-17)
6. Be purposeful – Vessels of God, let all your purpose of existence be for God and God only thereby striving to do all that elevate Him only (Colossians 1:16; Ecclesiastes 3:1).
7. Discover your area of specialization (calling) – As a true vessel you must know the duty post God placed you. If you are an evangelist, do not struggle to be a deliverance minister. In fact, Evangelism is meant for every vessel of God. Do it with passion and zeal. Never strive to be what you are not called to. If you are giving additional duty as an Apostle do your bit as expected. Never leave your duty post for any reason whatsoever.
8. Be self-discipline – As a minister of God, you need to be a disciple at all times. Never be covetous of worldly things. Never let money, frivolities, women of easy virtues (in whatever nature), dubious men be your associate but, let the Bible be your companion nor harbour them (Hebrew 12:11; 2 Timothy 1: 7).
9. Always fellowship with God – With you meditating upon the Bible and strive to listen and hear directly from God through your communion with God via your Holy Bible, your fellowship with your (our) Author and Finisher of our faith, will be smooth and cordial (1 John 1: 3).
10. Fear the Lord in all your ways. Above all, leave your daily life in the fear of God, obeying all the commandment and guidelines accorded to all vessel of God (Psalm 86: 11).
11. Never harbour procrastination. Never delay when you are supposed to act. If you notice that your co-worker or subordinate in the service of God is not worthy, you just have to make the necessary changes so as not to put the job of the Most High God to jeopardy. Time to God is very precious, if He sends you on an errand and you delays, over 1,000 men that haven’t deviated from serving Him in truth and in spirit, are forever waiting to take up the position you are wasting away. Never be the wicked servant who wen and buried his talent and ended losing it to the diligent servant (Matthew 25: 24-26).
Let us all read, digest and lookup ourselves in the mirror of God, to see if we are true VESSELS of God unto honour or we are an ordinary BORROWED VESSELS.
Where will you be when the trumpet shall sound?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!!WomaninHisVineyard