2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (KJV)— For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
What is a blood vessel? I am. You are too, if you’re a follower of Christ.
In the natural—and in very simplistic terms–we think of blood vessels as the part of the body’s circulatory system that transports blood. That’s an important role, considering blood is the life force of a human body.
The network of blood vessels is actually far more complex than that description makes it seem, but let’s keep it simple. Three major types of vessels keep the blood flowing: Arteries carry the blood away from the heart; capillaries enable the exchange of water and chemicals between the blood and the tissues; and veins carry blood from the capillaries back toward the heart.
A perfect circle of life.
Circulation is hindered when any one of the three blood vessel types stops doing its job. For obvious reasons, that kind of situation could quickly become dangerous—threatening loss of limb in some situations, and loss of life in others.
We are the earthly vessels God uses to keep the blood of Christ distributed. We carry the Good News of the Gospel of Christ—some taking it to foreign lands, others spreading the Word on a local front. Through the lives we live and the words of our testimonies, we share the Living Water with thirsty souls, and keep the body of Christ hydrated and balanced. God has called each one of us to lead others back to Him…and that completes the circle, taking the flow of blood right back to the heart, which is Christ.
The word “vessel” simply means a hollow container made to hold or transport contents of one type or another. And isn’t that what we are, you and I as Christians? Just empty vessels the Lord has “prepared unto every good work” by filling us with the Holy Spirit, making us able to transport the life-giving blood to every part of the body of Christ.
Let us be careful not to become the vessel that is pinched or cut off from the central system (Jesus Christ), causing circulation problems within the body of Christ (the Church). He has created a perfect circle of life. Whether our function is a vein, a capillary, or an artery, it is necessary to the undeterred flow of that crimson stream of life-giving blood.
Father, I want to be a vessel of honor…the kind of vessel You can trust to serve well in whatever function You choose to use me. Let me never be the source of a “clogged artery” or “pinched vein” within the body of Christ. I’m only a vessel of clay, but Your love can shine through me, Your blood flow through me for Your glory. I ask that it be so. In Jesus precious name. Amen.
The above devotion, by Delia Latham, is excerpted from RED – a free weekly devotional available through Pelican Book Group.