Several years ago a friend of my husband’s gave us a small charcoal barbecue grill. It had been ages since we had one like this, because we switched to gas. His friend was going to throw it out since they replaced it with a larger one, but decided to give it to us.
Eventually there was a big hole in the bottom so we couldn’t use it for burning any more. Now what? Was it time to give it the old heave-ho? Can something outlive its purpose?
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When I first started to write I really wanted to call this “Recycled Christians”, but didn’t think it would go over big. What do you think? It’s sort of how I feel at times and a feeling I had to deal with if God was to use me for His glory.
My life was all planned out – by me. I was doing what I wanted teaching special needs children, lived in a great home, traveled, family was nearby, had a good income and basically did whatever I felt like that fell in the boundaries of a “good” Christian. My life had purpose … you could say it was a “purpose driven life” so to speak, where I was extremely blessed and favored by God doing wonderful things for Him. So why did it have to change?
I Didn't Expect This
The bad thing about life is that it changes!
The good thing about life is that it changes!
Going over my notes I got a revelation about myself and all believers. What God showed me concerning our grill is that it was a vessel for whatever I needed and never stopped being a vessel. The only thing that changed was its purpose, and that was because I decided to change its use. Vessels get repurposed according to the need.
God revealed to me that He moves people (His vessels) for His purpose. We don’t always have to be broken to be used if we are already in His will. Sometimes He moves us when we are no longer needed in certain areas or positions. What looks like a bad change is in reality a good change only we haven’t recognized it as such.
This was made perfectly clear to us when we moved to a new neighborhood. The old location we fed 65-120 people every week, but where we are now food programs aren’t an issue. Our service of feeding people changed and we became vessels God could use for feeding rescue animals with special needs.
Now that might seem strange and not a godly thing, but it fell right into place. I can’t remember a time when we haven’t fed people and it seemed natural to make meals. What you don’t know is that God knew the desires of my husband’s heart.
Faithfulness Brings Favor
Since childhood he wanted to become a veterinarian, but was never given the opportunity to go to college for it. Now he is in position to work with various clinics and animals, discovering a world he thought was out of reach to him.
Although our life is extremely different, it’s never dull and we are exposed to things that we wouldn’t have experienced if we stayed in the same place and remained unchanged.
Allowing God to repurpose our lives for His use opened doors for me as well in teaching far beyond a regular classroom into college levels and in travel. With my new vessel assignment God has allowed me to pursue other interests that I didn’t have time for working in the school systems.
Do people outlive their purpose? Absolutely not, but they can be repurposed for something even more exciting if they allow God to use them for His plan.
Maybe your life has changed dramatically and you can’t find a reason or purpose for being on Earth, let me remind you of what God has said in Genesis 1:31 (NLT).
“Then God looked over all He had made (including you & me),
and saw that it was very good! (How good? Very good.)”
When God makes a vessel for His use, He may redesign, remold, rebuild, recast, recycle or repurpose it, but you can be sure it’s never discarded or destroyed. As long as the vessel is willing to remain a vessel, there is always a purpose for its existence.
“… and the vessel that He made of clay was marred in the hand of the Potter; so He made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the Potter to make.”(Jeremiah 18:4 NKJV)
So maybe we’re going through a bit of reshaping, that’s OK. Think of it as a spiritual makeover with God footing the bill. The “newer” vessel is going to be better than the last, do greater things and be more effective.
Vessels of Honor
Vessels of Honor
On this part of our journey back to Jesus we need to take a look at the vessel God wants to use for His glory and to fulfill His promise of giving us a good end.
Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter (dishonor), he will be a vessel of honor, sanctified and useful for the Master (Jesus), prepared for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2: 19-21 NKJV)
“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work.” (Titus 3:1 NKJV)
Remember the envelope from step 1 in last week’s challenge where you had to list things that changed your life that you couldn’t let go or forget? No, don’t go get it. You know what it says. Anyway, you gave it to God so no peeking.
Looking back on those things, pick the one that really changed your life. You no longer have that burden, but are letting God repurpose it for your good. What has the Lord done since that time to turn the situation around? If you don’t see anything happening it’s time to resubmit the vessel!
1) Become a prayer vessel throughout our study time.
2) Repurpose our vessel by volunteering.
Need some examples? Let suppose you lost your job and had to go on government assistance. It’s embarrassing, your pride is hurt and you don’t want anyone to know.
Prayer Vessel: How can God use this situation for good so that you become a vessel of honor? This is a great opportunity to be humbled giving insight and compassion for something you never understood. Instead of taking this personally, take it globally praying Matthew 6:9-13 for others in the same situation.
Repurpose Vessel: Volunteer your skills. Remember that vessels get repurposed according to other people’s needs, not our own.
If you were in sales you know how to deal with people. Use those people skills for an event or program in your community such as fundraisers.
Are you a builder or contractor? Commit one day to making minor repairs for seniors or widows housing needs. Fix a sign for someone, nail something back in place, change a light bulb … whatever it takes to get you out of the house and take your mind off of the problem.
Broken relationship? Build one for someone else by introducing people of like interests. A child without grandparents or friends can be matched with people who have lost loved ones.
If you are a teacher who didn’t get asked back for next year, don’t volunteer to teach something around the same age level or subject you taught. Use those talents for age levels higher or much lower and not for school related things.
By seeking God and allowing Him to repurpose your life, you will be overwhelmed by the favor He shows you because of your submissive spirit.
Make me a Vessel of Honor for You.
Mold me so I become all that You want me to be.
Manifest the patience of the Holy Spirit in me,
Help me so that I’ll stay and not run.
Help me so that I’ll stay and not run.
I submit my vessel; finish the work that You started in me...
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Until next time, become a vessel God can favor.
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