Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour” (2 Tim. 2:20).
READ: Acts 8:5-8
God can use all categories of people for His purpose. Some may be used for honourable purposes and others for dishonourable purposes. May the Lord use you for honourable purposes in Jesus name. There is this friend of mine of blessed memory by name Moses. Until his conversion, he was a terror to the villagers. Whenever he was on holiday, everyone ensured their children were safely locked indoors for fear of being defiled by him. But after his conversion, he began to serve God with the same intensity with which he served the devil. If you find yourself in the same taxi cab with him, he will not let you go until you receive Jesus Christ. If God can use Brother Moses, He can use you. History and experience tells us the greatest potentials for the gospel lie in the staunchest opposers of the good news, fanatical antichrists, and even atheists. They can end up as mighty vessels in God’s hands. So do not pray that these should die because they are persecuting you and the Kingdom of God. Rather, ask that the One who arrested, converted and commissioned Paul will do same to them.
2 Timothy 2:20 places the vessels God uses into different categories; there are golden, silver, wooden and earthen vessels. In Scriptures, one outstanding golden vessel in God’s hands was Mary. There are certain opportunities and tasks that occur only once. Anyone so favoured to be used for such an assignment becomes very outstanding. There is no way our Lord Jesus Christ could have been born through a virgin more than once. So, in the choice of which virgin to use, virgins all over the world went through some kind of secret unofficial contest. This was a winner-takes-all situation. At the grand finale of the competition, one winner emerged! Mary! What a golden vessel she was! Even when you are not chosen for such a one-time opportunity, you can still be a golden vessel. In Acts 8:5-8, we see another golden vessel. As a deacon, Philip stood out of the crowd. He not only performed his duty in distributing food but allowed the Lord to use him to turn the city of Samaria to Christ. He became a reference point to someone who later became one of God’s greatest golden vessels – Paul. The latter, an erstwhile antichrist, became so transformed that God began to perform special miracles through him (Acts 19:11-12). You too can become a golden vessel. However, are you prepared to pay the price? To be a golden vessel, you must be wholly yielded and obedient to Jesus. Your goal in life should be serve and please God with no ulterior motive at all. Yes, you must be ready to die in the service of His Majesty. Are you ready?
A golden vessel will risk everything he or she has just to please the Master. Are you capable of taking the highest risk for Jesus? Pray that you will attain the level of Gal 2:20
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