I want to let you know that God is searching for vessels He can fill and use for His purposes. Many times, believers, driven by zeal but lacking knowledge, pray fervently to be used by God. However, the truth is that no amount of prayer or fasting can make God use you if you are not suitable for His purposes.
Ezekiel 22:30 says, ‘And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.‘ The truth I’m sharing with you today, dear child of God, is that you don’t need to pray to be used by God. God is already looking for individuals who will set themselves apart for His use.
You must also understand that God will not use you for just any purpose; He will use you for the specific purpose He designed you for. There is a common song people sing that goes like this: ‘if you can use anything, Lord, you can use me.’ However, I want to clarify that this song is not entirely accurate because you are not just “anything”; you are somebody with a unique identity in God.
Realize that you are not the one waiting for God to use you; it is God who has been waiting for you to be ready for His use. Your level of readiness will determine the extent to which God can use you.
In the book of 2 Timothy 2:20-21, the Bible tells us, ‘But in a great house, there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and earth, and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man, therefore, purges himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.’
This scripture lays the foundation for understanding how we can become vessels that God can use for His divine purposes. There is a path that anyone must follow to become the man or woman that God can use. It is your responsibility to walk this path, not God’s. The only person who determines your fitness for use is you. Read on as we explore the path to becoming a vessel that God can use, step by step. I believe that if you do what I’m about to reveal, you will not only be fit for God’s use but will also make an impact for the kingdom of God that cannot be ignored.
1. Retrace Your Steps to the Potter’s House
Romans 9:21 reminds us, ‘Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?‘ To be a vessel fit for God’s use, we must acknowledge that God is the Potter who can shape us into a vessel of honor. However, God’s power over us is limited by our choices. He has given us the choice to become a vessel of honor or dishonor. Understand that God does not predestine anyone for dishonor; people choose to become vessels of honor or dishonor through their decisions.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 reinforces this idea by stating, ‘For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.‘ Your decision to accept Jesus into your life is the first step in yielding yourself to become a vessel of honor. Those who reject salvation set themselves on a path to dishonorable use. This is why Paul stated in Romans 9:22 that God endures with much patience the vessels of wrath who have prepared themselves for destruction. Apostle Peter also echoed this in 2 Peter 3:9 when he said, ‘…but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.‘ So, it is God’s will for you to become a vessel of honor fit for His use.
To become a vessel of honor, you need to retrace your steps back to the Potter’s house for a spiritual transformation. Having zeal for God is essential, but it must be accompanied by genuine salvation, which infuses you with the treasure of God—the Holy Spirit—and transforms you into a vessel of honor.
2. Discover Your Purpose
Jeremiah 1:5 says, ‘Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.’ Ephesians 1:11 further emphasizes that we have obtained an inheritance, predestined according to God’s purpose.
Every believer in Jesus Christ has a guaranteed inheritance, but this inheritance remains dormant until your purpose is discovered. God does not use you for any random task; He has a specific purpose for you in accordance with His divine will. There are many pastors, bishops, and reverends who have no business being in the pulpit because that is not their purpose. Most of the so-called ministers of God today would have benefited God’s kingdom in business or other areas of human expertise if they had discovered their purpose.
Discovering your purpose is vital, and it may lead you to places beyond the church walls. God needs vessels of honor in government, the music/film industry, education, business, and more. God advances and positions us in life to fulfill His purpose, just as Esther became queen for the salvation of the Jews, Joseph preserved God’s people in Egypt, and Daniel defended God’s name in a foreign land.
3. Give Yourself a Thorough Purging
2 Timothy 2:20 emphasizes that ‘If a man, therefore, purges himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.’ It is your responsibility to purify yourself and become a worthy vessel in the hands of God. To achieve this, you must eliminate anything that displeases God, such as iniquity.
Iniquity refers to extreme immoral behavior. Regardless of your skills or talents, God cannot use you for any kingdom impact if you live in sin. Many preachers, singers, and church workers are merely making noise without impact because they habitually engage in fornication, adultery, malice, pride, and the like.
You can deliver well-organized sermons or sing with the best voice, but it will not bless anyone if you have not purged yourself from iniquity. Remember that Satan was a vessel of honor until iniquity was found in him (Ezekiel 28:14-15). Iniquity renders any level of anointing useless. Therefore, if you want to be fit for the Master’s use, it is your responsibility to purify yourself from iniquity.
Be a Vessel of Honor
In conclusion, understand that you were already created as a vessel; the question is, ‘What kind of vessel are you or want to be?’ Are you a vessel of honor or dishonor? The level to which you purify yourself will determine how honorably you can be used. Many vessels appear honorable in the eyes of people but are dishonorable before God. As you’ve discovered today, determine to retrace your steps to the Potter’s house, discover your God-ordained purpose, and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, purge yourself of every form of iniquity. You will make a lasting impact for God’s kingdom, and your life will bear witness to the transformation God can achieve through a vessel of honor.
If you have not yet given your life to Jesus, I encourage you to pray now and invite Jesus into your life. Ask for forgiveness of your sins and seek to become a vessel of honor fit for His use.