Ordinary Vessels – Extraordinary Purposes

Do you consider yourself a normal, everyday, average person?


I mean, can you think of several people who have about the same education, income, occupation, type of home or vehicle, number of family members, etc, as you? work 2

I think most of us see ourselves as ordinary. I know I do. In fact, I always say, “If I can do it, anyone can.” That’s how ordinary I am.

Still, being ordinary isn’t bad, it’s actually a good thing. We are bodies made from dust, vessels crafted of earthen materials.


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The Potter designed these visible outer shells to hold our real person. However, within this real person, God left an empty place and all our lives we strive to fill it. We may select special or common, valuable or worthless contents. Nevertheless, filled we will be.


If you had the choice, and you do, which would you choose? Wouldn’t you prefer to house something of great value like a treasure?


Some of us ordinary, earthen vessels have found the greatest treasure of all to fill our emptiness. This shining Treasure is Jesus Christ and because He fills our hearts with the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, our frantic strivings cease.

But, why would God choose to indwell ordinary, earthen vessels? Human bodies

If you really think about it, we are not the logical choice. Even if we are strong by human standards, our bodies are weak and frail, subject to disease, pain, and death. Why choose such feeble creatures?

Scripture tells us it is so “…the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”

God deserves and must receive all glory.

Any accomplishments we humans achieve are only because of Him, whether we recognize it or not. Life cannot exist without God. It is in Him we live, move, and have our being.

As treasure-filled vessels though, Christ lives in us. Therefore, this life we now live in the flesh, we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself as our ransom.

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Because He lives in us, God can take these ordinary vessels and use them for extraordinary purposes.

Remember in a great house or even in your average, middle-class home, you have everyday dishes and special occasion dishes, but each holds food. Sometimes you will use an everyday dish on a special occasion because it’s useful, you’ve tested it and it works well. Therefore, it becomes a vessel of honor.

It is the same with us ordinary vessels. Filled with the Spirit of the Living God, He transforms us inwardly – cleansing and refining by trials and testing. Flower pot - yellow flowers

When we yield to Him, choosing to allow this process, we become a vessel of honor, God’s useful instrument prepared for every good work.

We are ordinary vessels accomplishing His extraordinary purposes.