Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The chosen vessel

Author Unknown Apr 4, 2006

The Master was s earching for a vessel to use; On the shelf there were many - which one would He choose? Take me, cried the gold one, I'm shiny and bright, I'm of great value and I do things just right. My beauty and luster will outshine the rest And for someone like You, Master, gold would be the 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 I'll be at Your table whenever You dine, My lines are so graceful, my carvings so true, And my silver will always compliment You.

Unheeding the Master passed on to the brass, It was widemouthed and shallow, an d 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, called the goblet of crystal so clear, My transparency shows my contents so dear, Though fragile am I, 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, it solidly stood. You may use me, dear Master, the wooden bowl said,

But I'd rather You used me for fruit, not for bread! Then the Master looked down and saw a vessel of clay. Empty and broken it helplessly lay. No hope had the vessel that the Master might cho ose, To cleanse and make whole, to fill and to use.

Ah! This is the vessel I've been hoping to find, I will mend and use it and make it all Mine. I need not the vessel with pride of its self; Nor the one who is narrow to sit on the shelf; Nor the one who is bigmouthed and shallow and loud; Nor one who displays his contents so proud; Not the one who thinks he can do all things just right; But this plain earthy vessel filled with My power and might. Then gently He lifted the vessel of clay. Mended and cleansed it and filled it that day. Spoke to it kindly. There's work you must do, Just pour out to others as I pour into you. Jer. 10:10 There is a power so strong it will make the rulers of this world tremble.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous jk said...

Interesting!!!
Surely God does not choose the qualified, but he qualifies those he chooses.
2 Timothy 2:19-22 "....If anyone cleanses himself from the later, he/she would be an instrument suitable for the master's use".
It does not matter who you are; God is interested about our heart and readines to serve him. Therefore do not look down about yourself 'something good can come out of you'
the question is " Are you ready to keep yourself pure and prepared to listen to God's voice and follow?"

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