GUEST POST: Being a Vessel | Lent Devo 2019, Week 5


This is the tenth in a series of posts.

One of my favorite songs right now is “New Wine” by Hillsong.  

Make me Your vessel, make me an offering
Make me whatever You want me to be
I came here with nothing but all You have given me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me.

All week, I’ve been meditating on what it means to be a vessel. I see the word “vessel” in Scripture a lot and sometimes it’s hard to know what it means in a day-to-day application.

The other day, I was at the local botanical gardens and I see this guy trying to jump his car with a small battery pack and it’s clear there’s not enough power. Even though I am technically illiterate when it comes to cars and mechanics, I was pretty sure you can’t start a car with a screwdriver battery pack that you can get from Home Depot.

So I go up to him and he rolls down his window. I ask him if he needs help getting his car started and he starts signing to me.

The thing is, I don’t know American Sign Language. I didn’t really know how to communicate to him — but I did have a car.

I simply pull up my car next to his and I’m about to pull out my phone to look up on YouTube how to how to jump a car. (Yes, I know that every adult should know how to jump a car, but I’ve always had AAA or roadside assistance to help me.)

But, it turns out, there was no need. The guy attached the cables to the battery and his car started within a minute.

That’s when the Holy Spirit said to me, “That’s what being a vessel is.”

It’s being the instrument from where the currents, the energy and the power of the Holy Spirit can flow through you.

And even if you don’t understand what’s going on, and you don’t think you have the skill set or the mentality or the knowledge, God just wants you as an empty vessel.

We need to be ready for anything – ready in the right place and the right time. You won’t necessarily understand what’s going on – but His energy and His power will supernaturally flow through you.

That’s why we have to be filled up with his Spirit. Every single day it’s going to be a different challenge, and God is going to purposely put you in situations where you won’t know what’s going to happen; you’re just there as a vessel.

God will put you in the right place and the right time to be used for his glory. We just have to set ourselves up through prayer to position ourselves with the Spirit, so that we can be used.

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CHRISTAL MARSHALL is a mom of three, homeschooler, media specialist, pastor’s wife and almost always a hot mess.  She loves sushi, having kid-free times away from the craziness of parenting and snuggling with her three cats.
Follow her on Instagram @virginiaphotosandfilms

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