I am continually baffled as to why God chose to lay this passion of prayer on my heart.
I feel pretty broken and messed up, but he showed me through scripture that he has chosen to use broken vessels to carry out His will here on this earth. I am forever baffled by the mystery that he LOVES using broken people to help heal this broken world!
~ Noah was a drunk ~ Abraham was too old ~ Jacob was a liar ~ Leah was ugly ~ Joseph was abused
~ Moses had a stuttering problem ~ Rahab was a prostitute ~ Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
I realize I’m broken, but how do I become a vessel for God to use?
I read a great book last year called Kingdom Journey: rediscovering the lost spiritual discipline. The book looks at becoming a broken vessel by Abandonment, Brokenness, and Dependence
1. Abandonment – to give up with the intent of never again claiming a right or interest in.
In order for God to use us fully, we need to abandon ourselves. We hear this all the time, but it’s hard! We know that we know that we know God’s will is better than our own, yet we do not abandon our will, we hang onto it – sometimes barely, sometimes like a death grip. The first stage in becoming a broken vessel is abandonment.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
2. Brokenness – ruptured; torn; fractured. Not functioning properly; out of working order.
God will not force His love on you; He gives it freely. Brokenness can only come once you have abandoned that which you had previously held onto. Through being broken, God can shape and mold you to His good and perfect will. Brokenness may hurt, but we have to believe that it is worth it.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
3. Dependence – relying on or needing someone or something for aid or support
We as humans have a void in our hearts that we seek to fill with different things that only God can truly fill. We therefore are dependent on many things in life. The question is after the abandonment and after the brokenness, will we become dependent on the right person?
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” – Matthew 6:24
Abandonment, Brokenness, and Dependence are not one-time choices. Sometimes we have to fight for being a broken vessel because we may buy into the lie that we have “fixed ourselves.”
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. ”Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. (Jeremiah 18: 4-6, NIV)
Will we let him use us broken vessels?