God Uses Broken Vessels
A Lifelong Journey of Growth as a Christian
by J.M. Troppello
“I am a sinner saved by grace. Even as a flawed sinner, we can be used by God.” – Shannon Bream
I was watching Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream last night. At the end of the show, she had Kirk Cameron on. They were discussing his campfire revivals on Facebook Live. He shared that he started those revival meetings when COVID happened because he wanted to get people back on track with praying and focused on God again – after time away from church, due to lockdowns.
During the conversation on Fox News at Night, he shared the story of Jael – a woman in the Bible who played a part in helping the Israelites to subdue Jabin (the Canaanite king) by killing Sisera, the commander of his army. You can read more about this story in Judges 4:17-24. This was during the time when Deborah was a ruling judge in Israel.
Kirk Cameron brought this story up to show that this woman – mostly unknown by many people today – did a courageous thing. I believe he referenced this story because Shannon has two books out: The Women of the Bible Speak and The Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak. The latter recently was published.
God Can Use You – Flaws and All
I posted that statement at the beginning of this article that Shannon said during that segment because it truly resonated with me. I too, am a sinner saved by grace.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV)
It’s a beautiful thing knowing that God can still work through you, even as a broken vessel. Of course, I’m not talking about stagnating in your sin or wallowing in the past. I’m talking about the fact that none of us are perfect. As a Christian, you are saved by grace through believing in Jesus. You cannot save yourself and end up in Heaven. It’s only through God’s grace and Jesus’ death on the cross that you will spend eternity in Heaven.
The Potter and the Clay
The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! (Jeremiah 18:1-6, NKJV)
I love this passage from Jeremiah. I want to be the clay in the hands of the potter, God. I want God to work in my life each day, and mold me to be more in His image daily. I don’t always like the trials and struggles I go through. I mean, who would really enjoy those things. Yet, learning to lean on God through those times is a pivotal part of growing in the Lord.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death is working in us, but life in you. (II Cor. 4:5-12, NKJV)
This passage from II Corinthians continues with this idea of having a “treasure in earthen vessels.” It’s God working through you and me that gives us the power to keep persevering even when we’re hard-pressed on every side.
One Day at a Time
I’m thankful that being a Christian is a daily journey. God doesn’t expect you to change overnight. He wants the change in your life to stick. He knows that sometimes it can take a while to learn the lesson that He wants to teach you.
Trust in God throughout your Christian walk. Rest in His power, knowing that He will give you the power to keep going through the manifestation of the Holy Spirit working in you.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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