The definition of a vessel or vessels is hollow utensils for holding things. There are many kinds of vessels such as pots, vases, cups, bottles, jugs, etc. But what does it mean to be a vessel for God or better yet, what is meant by broken vessels? Let us read in the word of God. Turn to 2 Timothy 2:20,21. Read.
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of the earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” If we purge ourselves from earthly things and the things of sin, we will be counted worthy to be called the vessels of the Holy Spirit. We need to be sanctified (set apart-holy) for His good pleasure and this can only happen when we become born again. We are the hosts for the calling of God. We are the temples of the living God. “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20. The apostle Paul stated that we should glorify God in body and spirit. We have become vessels for God’s purpose.
I say again that when we are born again, the
Holy Spirit is housed inside of us and He and He alone sanctifies
us unto God. It is up to us to allow God to continue in the
sanctification process in His saints. We must always be available
for the work because we were bought with the precious blood of
Jesus and we are not our own.
What is a broken vessel and can God use them too? A broken vessel is someone who has literally been broken down in body, mind, heart, and spirit. These people have suffered many things like neglect, abuse, addictions, and so on. These are not the elite people who attend the grand cathedrals or appear frequently on religious programs on TV wearing expensive Italian suits. The broken vessels are people who are not educated by worldly definition and do not possess the silver tongue of eloquence. The answer to the second question is yes. God can most assuredly use them and He does. As a matter of fact, He uses them more often than others. The broken vessels are people whom God healed their suffering and infirmities with the balm of Gilead and He has put them out on the front lines of the battle. These vessels know who their Redeemer is and they know they owe their lives to Him and He is their life. Just because a vessel is broken doesn’t mean it does not have any value.
I would like to share with you how this message came about. For a few years now I have been eating on the same old, chipped, green plate. I love that old plate. I have cups that I drink out of that are cracked and have no handle. They are not the best or the most attractive china by any means, but as long as I can use them, they are my favorites. My wife Susan has become so used to me using these items that she serves all my meals on them each time we dine. I never really considered the significance of what I had been doing until the Lord Jesus impressed it upon me. I woke up one morning and as usual, picked up the cracked cup to drink my first cup of coffee of the day. I stared down at it and then the beauty of God’s love was staring before me. I was that cracked cup and the chipped plate. It was if God was saying that just as the cup is damaged or considered useless, we are also broken and set aside for His personal service. The cup is cracked and broken, but it holds the content which is the gift of God-His Holy Spirit. I have been broken and healed, yet the scars are left so that I will always remember who it was that healed me.
Jesus’ body was broken and bruised for
the atonement of our sins and is now sitting at the right hand of
the power of the Father awaiting the time to bring His saints
home. Are you broken? Have you been broken by circumstances,
heartaches, the passing of a loved one or partner? Jesus can and
will heal us if we let Him. Amen. “Cast your cares on the
Lord and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22 We must remember
that we are all valuable in the kingdom of God no matter who we
are or what is in our past. The devil is a liar and a defeated
foe! We should make ourselves available for God’s good
pleasure and become vessels in the name of Christ Jesus.
In His Service
William C. Fisher