The Master was searching for a vessel to use.
On the shelf there were many. Which one would He choose?
“Take me,” said the gold one, “I’m shiny and bright.
I am of great value and I do things just right.
My beauty and luster will outshine the rest.
And for someone like You, Master, I would be best.”
The Master passed on with no word at all.
He looked at a silver urn, narrow and tall.
“I’ll serve you dear Master; I’ll pour out your wine
And be at your table whenever you dine.
My lines are so graceful and my carvings so true,
And silver will always compliment you.”
Unheeding, the Master passed on to the brass,
It was wide-mouthed and shallow and polished like glass.
“Here, here,” cried the vessel, “I know I will do.
Place ME on your table for all men to view.”
“Look at me,” cried the goblet of crystal so clear.
“My transparency shows my contents so dear.
Though fragile am I, DON”T CROSS ME OFF.
I will serve you with pride
And I’m sure I’ll be happy in your house to abide.”
The Master came next to a vessel of wood,
Polished and carved and it solidly stood.
“You may use ME dear Master,” the wooden bowl said.
“But I’d rather you’d use me for FRUIT, please…NO BREAD!”
Then the Master looked down and saw a vessel of clay.
Empty and broken, it helplessly lay.
No hope had that vessel that the Master might choose,
To cleanse and make whole, to fill and to use.
“Ah, THIS is the vessel I’ve been hoping to find.
I will mend it and use it and make it all Mine.”
“I need not the vessel with pride in itself,
Not the one so narrow to sit on the shelf,
Not the one that is big-mouthed and shallow and loud;
Not the one that displays its contents so proud.
Not the one who thinks he can do things “just right”,
But THIS plain, earthen vessel filled with my power and might.”
Then gently, He lifted the vessel of clay,
Mended it, and cleansed it and filled it that day.
He spoke to it kindly, “There’s work you must do.
You just pour out to others and I’ll pour in to you!”
Jesus said, “I am the potter, you are the clay…out of you will flow rivers of living water.” We are to be the Masters’ vessel, the body of Christ.
LIFE LESSON: The Apostle Paul writes “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Rom 12:1) God’s Word also tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds and as a man thinketh so is he. Oh, the joy of being His instruments of righteousness. Amen!
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