by Pretty Joy Buenbrazo (34th Batch)
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16 (KJV)
The Spirit of God has chosen us. And how are we chosen? And for what purpose are we being chosen?
As teacher-missionaries in this foreign land, what people need most from us is our love, affection, patience, and kindness. I could not see myself having those qualities, yet God was there to supply and even to sustain. I am alone, yet I am constantly reminded of the purpose.
A chosen vessel of God is vigilant, keeping himself active yet pure. He, keeping himself on guard, is also ever keeping his lamp burning. A chosen vessel of God is he whose net is watched and mended.
Now, let’s consider some ordinary vessels in the Bible: David, an adulterous king; Joseph, a proud brother; Moses, a stuttered leader; Peter, an impulsive healer; and, Paul, a poor minister. They are men of infirmities yet qualified by God to be chosen vessels.
In like manner, God chose and qualified you and me to be His vessels. What a blessedness it is that everyone is chosen! Should one accept, God would bestow everything accordingly as He purposes. He is far more willing to open the treasures of heaven to give every vessel talents, capabilities, and strength for His purpose. He will shape you perfect yet unique for His work.
Wretched and broken vessel as you are, it is never among His qualifications that one could be seen unfit. Surrender is the key element God wants. Willingness should be the spirit one must possess. Furthermore, it is never the “duration” of life one may be blessed; rather, the “donation” of it.