Merriam Webster defines the word “vessel” as -- 1a: a container (such as a cask, bottle, kettle, cup, or bowl) for holding something; b: a person into whom some quality (such as grace) is infused; a child of light, a true vessel of the Lord.
If your “vessel” is in pieces, broken and scattered, by His mercy, God can mend the pieces and make them whole. His amazing grace can raise the broken to life. He wants to save your lost soul! He wants to take your failures and weakness and turn them into triumph and strength.
Our bodies were made to be vessels for the Holy Spirit of God. The Book of Second Corinthians contains a letter that Paul used to encourage and affirm the church body in Corinth with his example of courage and self-sacrificing love. His God-inspired words to them were: 2Corinthians 4:7-10 – “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”
Commentator Matthew Henry said it beautifully -- “The apostles laboured with much diligence, sincerity, and faithfulness. Their sufferings for the gospel were great, yet with rich supports. It is pleasant to behold the sun in the firmament; but it is more pleasant and profitable for the gospel to shine in the heart. As Light was the beginning of the first creation; so, in the new creation, the Light of the Spirit is His first work upon the soul. The treasure of gospel Light and grace is put into earthen vessels. The ministers of the gospel are subject to the same passions and weaknesses as other men. God could have sent angels to make known the glorious doctrine of the gospel, or could have sent the most admired sons of men to teach the nations, but He chose humbler, weaker vessels, that his power might be more glorified in upholding them, and in the blessed change wrought by their ministry.”
Writers: Joel Houston, Jonas Myrin
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