“An exceeding and eternal weight of glory” is a deep subject. But, with most everything in the Word of God - there are layers of revelation, meaning, understanding and wisdom that are a part of it. That is how the Word is living and active. It addresses the different needs of people in a way that transcends anything natural. Thousands of people can be in a church receiving the same preached Word – but the “active, Spirit empowered” work done by the Word will minister a completely different revelation to each person there. It will minister to them at the point of “their” need and life situation.
One time I was leading worship and I was prompted that God wanted to minister a specific prophetic Word of encouragement. I could feel an “awareness” that there was a woman that had been praying for a child – her child. God wanted to encourage her - so she would know He had heard her and was answering her prayer – and so I shared that in the context of the worship. After the service several women came to me and shared that this had ministered to them in such a deep way – but neither of them received it with the meaning I thought it carried! One woman was praying for a child of hers that was in trouble. Another was praying for a child – but could not have one naturally. She a peace from that encouragement that confirmed for her that adoption was the right thing for them. And I thought, even as I gave the encouragement, that the woman was praying for a child that was making wrong choices with his/her life and hanging around the wrong people! One Rhema thought from the Lord – many revelations. Alive and active!
God talks a lot about “vessels” in His Word. In Esther 1 the Word talks about the lavish celebrations the King would have. “And they served drinks in golden vessels, each vessel being different from the other, with royal wine in abundance, according to the generosity of the king.” In I Thessalonians 4 the Word admonishes, “that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor”. Then in Psalm 31 David calls himself a “vessel” – a broken one.
The word is used to mean several different things – but always as a container that houses, holds or carries something. It is safe to say a vessel is a conveyance or container. And as I prayed and meditated on “An exceeding and eternal weight of glory” I realized the vessel involved had a lot to do with what the “exceeding and eternal weight of glory” actually is. Consider some things with me.
2 Timothy 2:20 – 21
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”
Across the Body of Christ we are all like the vessels talked about in Esther. They were of many different kinds – all priceless – and all being used by the owner for his pleasure. God created us to “carry” His anointing, His glory. We ARE vessels. For all of us – there is a journey that brings us to places of surrender, molding and, yes – suffering. I don’t know about you – but there are some things I have learned in time of suffering that changed my life forever - for the better. I came away from those suffering times able to “carry” more of His kindness, His mercy and forgiveness to the people around me. The Word says Jesus, Himself learned obedience by the things He suffered. If God chose the vehicle of “suffering” to teach Jesus, the Son of God, obedience – guess what? That is the vehicle He uses to bring our flesh under subjection as well.
There is something about the flesh. The Word says – in it dwells no good thing and even when the spirit is willing – we can still be unsuccessful – because the flesh is weak. The flesh feeds on all things of the world, “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes , and the pride of life”. All things not of the Father – according to I John 2:16.
Through times of trial and suffering – our flesh relinquishes more and more control of “US” and our capacity to “carry” is increased.
Don’t miss the final part of this article…. It’s continued!