When we are young, we dream about what we want to do when we get older. We see ourselves leaping tall buildings to rescue those who need rescuing; stopping only to pose for a picture in the local paper. We see ourselves as the answer to all of the world’s problems. We are the local hero who can do it all!
When we are older we still dream, or at least we should; for God isn’t done with us yet. So dream on, my friend; let God bring His dreams for your life! Look at how God worked through His prophets of old; oh, to dream like they did! Wouldn’t it be great to get a prophecy like Joel did or one the other Minor Prophets?
Wouldn’t it be great to get a prophecy like Jeremiah did, hearing accurately from God when very few were really listening to what God was truly saying. Having great lines like; “I know the plans I have for you…” (Jeremiah 29:11) Wouldn’t that be cool?
Wouldn’t it be great to get a prophecy like Isaiah did, hearing things that would take place hundreds of years later! Or like Daniel did, hearing things that would take place hundreds of years later and seeing incredible visions!
Or how about seeing what Ezekiel saw! Wouldn’t it be great to get a prophecy like the Apostle John did? WOW! The BOOK OF REVELATIONS!!!! Seeing incredible visions! Wouldn’t it be great to get gifts from the Holy Spirit and help people, and preach the Word of God, and do miracles, and to prophecy?
Wouldn’t it be great to get a dream from God? Are you going to go to bed early to try to make it happen? You CAN’T make it happen; He simply wants to be open to whatever He wants you to do. That’s what the dream is for.
All dreams, gifts, and callings: COME from Him and BELONG to Him.
God loves us as His children; deeply. But when He is anointing us, He is not thinking of us. He is thinking of others. God is essentially saying; “When I speak, you speak and when I stop, that better be two of us.”
The gift of healing is only good to us if we use it for others, otherwise we would only pray when we ourselves get sick. It, it is His power flowing through us.
He is looking for us to lay down our lives to be vessels for HIM! He is looking for “bed pans”; earthen vessels that contain the precious gift of Him. Now, I realize that metaphor is opposite of what we picture the role of the bed pan to be. But in God’s economy, it is the treasure in the earthen vessel that is valuable; not the earthen vessel.
Regarding this, the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth;
“For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:5-6)
He goes on to write;
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Let me break down those words:
“Treasure” is a deposit, that is, wealth (literally or figuratively): - treasure, or “this ministry” as v.1 says.
“earthen vessels” is terra cotta); earthen ware, that is, clayey; by implication frail: - of earth, earthen. a vessel, implement, equipment or apparatus.
The word means baked clay and refers to clay pots. They were cheap, breakable, and replaceable. But they served necessary household functions. Sometimes they were used as a vault to store valuables, such as money, jewelry, or important documents. But they were most often used for holding garbage and human waste.
The latter is the use Paul had in mind, and it was how Paul viewed himself, - as lowly, common, expendable, and replaceable.
“POWER” comes from the same word that we get the word “dynamite”. It means force specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): - ability, abundance, meaning, might, power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
Dynamite! It’s God’s power and not any power that we can generate. The messenger’s weakness is not fatal to what he does; it is essential so that when God pours out dreams and visions we remember that He isn’t thinking of us. He is the source; we are merely the vessels.
God is not done with you; keep running your race. Keep dreaming God’s dreams! You are “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10).
Work with God and let Him take you through the process; you will find that the results will be eternal. And, It is He who will complete the work that He started (Philippians 1:6) and “work in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13)
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