God has entrusted us with articles intended to worship Him. What are these articles? They might shock you, as they don’t rank on any standard Christian chart.
What makes a vessel of worship? Well ultimately, vessels used for worship come from the earth. Raw materials encrusted within rock, which need to be freed, fired and forged. I want to present to you a living reality of this beyond just gold and silver items that are used in churches and temples.
I have had many things in my heart that became encrusted, which God has worked to free, fire and forge to create vessels of honor. As long as they remain encrusted, they stay separated from their intended use. But they have been entrusted to me for worship.
A hypothetical example: Say the raw element of God’s choosing is the heartbreak of the abuse from a sibling. A young man was relentlessly harassed and physically assaulted by an older brother. This happened throughout his childhood and continued into young adulthood. That this abuse is an entrusted element of worship. Painful, yes, and wrongly done, but God entrusted him with it for worship. He worked it into this man’s life to have it one day serve to worship Him.
This seems harsh and cruel, but to grasp this, you have to understand the whole plan. A gold vessel doesn’t come into the service of the King without an extreme process. Time, work and forming have to be done before it is suitable for service. This is the way it is with all the treasures of darkness. I have the power and choice to make it a vessel of honor or dishonor. It is my choice, in God’s hands.
Yes, I believe painful situations, even life crises, can be brought forth as gold to worship God. Joseph from the Bible was a man who was entrusted with articles of worship. He even has the same situation as my hypothetical scenario. Joseph was to glorify God in the forging fire of family hatred. He was to worship the King of Kings in and because of the forming. When Joseph worshiped God in and because of the forging, he glorified God as sovereign God.
It was while I was in the Word this morning that I came across Ezra 7:19. A rather obscure scripture, but while listening to the Voice, I had an explosion of seeing. God takes from within darkness:
Deliver to the God of Jerusalem all the articles
entrusted to you for worship
in the temple of your God.
Ezra 7:19 NLT
Gold articles can become consecrated vessels of worship. So I asked, what is the process of sanctification? This gold has to be mined from within the earth. Then it’s extracted from the surrounding materials and fired to remove the impurities. Next it’s poured and beaten out to form and fashion a vessel. The vessel is then chosen as sanctified.
So how does this all relate to life? I am seeing that vessels of worship didn’t start this way. They were worked into their form. God tells me what worship is. Life crisis? Tragedy? Difficult situations? Can we really have worship erupt from these sufferings? What about my Hosanna tapes, isn’t that worship?
I believe that the yielded heart of a beloved disciple can flood the halls with amazing worship when they thank God and worship Him as God in the trials of life.