As we learned in grammar school, words that sound alike, but have different meanings are homonyms. The word vessel fits into that category. See the following:
Vessel – A tubular structure carrying blood through tissues and organs; a vein, artery, or capillary.
Vessel – A ship or large boat.
Vessel – A closed container designed to hold gases or liquids at a pressure substantially different from the ambient pressure.
2 Timothy 2:21 reads, “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” Which meaning do you think fits this verse?
I believe God means for His children to help lead others to Him, show others His love, and to go about doing good. This means that we need to show other people about Jesus, instead of just sharing words with them.
God can and will use us as vessels that go straight to the heart of someone, like a vein filled with blood. Let’s use our structures (our selves) to carry blood (the blood that Jesus shed for us) through the body. Don’t assume others know the Lord as their Personal Savior; show them that you do. Walking your walk with God will help people want what you have much more than beating them over the head with a Bible.
Perhaps we should ask God every morning to use us as vessels to show His very heart to at least one person a day. That would be 365 people in a years time. On your mark, get set, let’s go!!!!
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