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“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen (clay) (earthy) vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:6-9

My mom is a classy lady.

As far back my memory can go, I can remember my mother carrying herself with grace. As a child, she taught me that my life had value. And, she taught me the things she owned, like teacups, had value and to treat them with respect. Even as a young child I remember being extra carful around valuable ornaments, furniture, dishware. She taught me how to take care of things so they would last, and to this day I still practice those lessons she instilled in me and I try to not take anything for granted.

Almost every memory I have of my mother involves a cup of tea. When I visit her, she has a display of her most cherished teacups in a beautiful glass case; they are rimmed with pure gold, hand painted, and one-of-a-kind treasures.

When you drink a cup of tea out of a pure gold rimmed, hand painted teacup, you carry yourself with a level of decorum. You sit up straighter, you engage in deep conversations, and you walk with care. Even children seem to know that something so dainty is not to be played with.

There are different qualities that set vessels apart.

A styrofoam cup, for instance, does not demand respect. It may contain the same beverage, but it is not handled with care and people are more careless with their movements. In fact, when they are finished with their cup, they crumple it up and throw it away. No one will say, “be careful with that styrofoam—it’s very valuable!”

You Are God’s Vessel

One attribute that I know about a good mother has is she makes the best out of a bad situation.

I remember walking into a room as a little girl and seeing my mother crying. I would ask, “Mommy, what’s wrong.” “Oh nothing, dear,” she would reply and then proceed to hold me in her arms, telling me that she loved me.

There are lonely battles you face.

There are things that may happen in your life that will make you feel like you are a piece of styrofoam, only good for a moment but meant to be thrown away. But I am here to tell you, you are a vessel of God. 

Every beautiful vessel is tried through the fire, but with every firing, you are being made into gold.

The master is working on us, through each experience of our lives.

  • You have value.
  • Your life has purpose.
  • You have influence.

There may be days you feel unfinished, incomplete or lacking, but God will use everything you’ve been through because you are God’s earthen vessel and set apart for greatness. You are the fanciest teacup; a set-apart vessel for God’s glory.

Prayer: Lord, I pray when I feel worthless that You would remind me that I am created in Your image. You have given my life purpose and I know that even in the struggles I have endured, that You were with me. I pray that the excellency of Your power would be revealed in me.

 

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”

1 Peter 2:9

This verse contains a very important promise from God – we are his possession.  To some, this may sound like a bad thing, but to me it sounds like safety and peace.

I am so thankful that I belong to Christ! When everyone fails me, and when I fail myself, he remains constant and nothing can separate me from His love! (Romans 8:38)

As a result of us being set apart and belonging to Christ, we have been given a new mission and purpose. We have been called out of darkness into light, and we are now called to love others and show them the goodness of God.

How do we show them the goodness of God?

First, we love them. I read on social media that it is not our place to change people, we are simply called to love them. I can’t change someone’s mind, or make them have a relationship with God, but I can love them. I can forgive. I can have patience with them. I can sacrifice my time and energy to help them grow.

We must also be filled with Christ, so much so that others see him before they see us. Have you ever had someone approach you and tell you they sense something different about you? That’s God living on the inside, reflecting on the outside.

Sometimes we overthink and complicate simple things, I know I do, but God has slowly been revealing to me ways that I can show his goodness to others. How has he been speaking to you lately, and what are some ways that you can uniquely show his goodness?

God, I ask that you would lead me to someone today that is in need of you. Help me to listen to them, and make a connection so that I can show your goodness.

But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.”

2 Timothy 4:17

I have a quote on my letter board in my home that says “we won’t be distracted by comparison if we are captivated with purpose” (Bob Goff)

When my six year old daughter asked me what “purpose” was I explained to her that it meant that every single person has something that they are meant to do with their lives. Something good. Something important.

She quickly responded, in her matter of fact way that “Daddy has a purpose. You have a purpose. I have a purpose and Zoey has a purpose” She was absolutely correct.

We are all dealt different hands in life, some good and some bad. But no matter what you have been given on this earth, YOU have a purpose. Your day today has a purpose. Your tomorrow has a purpose. The conversation you strike up with the cashier at your local grocery store has a purpose.

When you become too weak to stand, be reminded that God stands beside you, and will strengthen you, so that His purpose can be fulfilled in your life.

Every moment of your life is important. YOU are important. Your life matters.

Ignore the lie from the enemy that tells you that you are useless. Ignore the lie that tells you that you are unloved.

Forgotten.

A burden.

Unqualified.

You, precious woman of God, are absolutely loved by your Father. You have a destiny. You matter. You have a future. You can do incredible things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13)

Let me say it again, you matter.

Jesus, give me strength today. Help me to understand what is truth and what is a lie. Remind me today that you are always with me. You stand beside me, and you go before me. Help me to remember my calling.