On Thursday night Kristen Avery, founder of Choose to Invest ministry, brought to light how we, as Christians, are each a vessel. However, we tend to shove all of this stuff inside of our vessel and place too much value in other things when we should be filling ourselves with Jesus.
Kristen brought along with her a big glass jar and examples of various items that many of us fill our lives with, such as sports, coffee, our health, cleanliness, school, beauty, etc. These are all good things, but they are never meant to satisfy us completely. When we start to put our hope in these things that are shifting sand and not being able to live without them, it results in our life not being filled by Jesus.
The church is a vessel and has the responsibility of going out into the nations, full of people desperate for a hope, and showing them that they need Jesus in their lives, yet we are filling our own lives with other things that we value. Through doing this we are 1. Cheapening the grace of God and what he has done for us but also we are 2. Sending the message to others that it is okay to do this.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 gives us an idea of what true love looks like.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
We have to consider what kind of love we are projecting to the nations. Is it a love for our worldly possessions or a love for God and everything He has done for us? He is trusting US with His gospel to go out into the nations.
Revelation 7 states that “all tribes and people will stand before the throne.” One day all of the striving and hopelessness will be gone, but He wants us to experience all of the joys that he has to offer NOW, and that’s done through lifting our eyes to heaven and not revolving our lives around what this world has to offer us. This means that we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, need to be authentic with each other and call one another out when we’re seeing each other put other things above God. The church is large enough to help meet the needs of all the suffering people in the world, but it starts with us holding each other accountable. Isaiah 61:3 explains that we were made for “display of his splendor.” We are His servants and stewards. Therefore, the church must begin to build each other up instead of watching one another burn to the ground and continuing to do nothing about it. We are ALL worthy and God delights in each and every one of us, so we have to place our trust in Him, the true king, instead of placing all other things on our personal thrones.