When the term vessel comes up in a conversation, I immediately visualize a cruise ship, sail boat or the SS Minnow from Gilligan’s Island reruns. While I have never experienced the amenities of a luxurious cruise, this vessel takes you where you want to go. Sure, the weather may not always cooperate, but the goal is to arrive at each selected destination.
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work, 2 Timothy 2:21.
When it comes to healing, the Bible refers to vessels as a vehicle for change. Thus, spiritual vessels must avoid the popular stops and distractions the majority tend to visit. Jesus uses the analogy of a broad road that attracts a large crowd of people. However, in the end, this place is empty, void of any permanent satisfaction.
For thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the pillars, the sea, the stands, and the rest of the vessels that are left in this city, Jeremiah 27:19.
Unfortunately, if you want to be a vessel of healing, you must accept the fact that this will be a lonely journey. Jeremiah is nicknamed the weeping prophet as many of the messages he received from God to convey to Israel were negative. The truth hurts as Jack Nicholson famously states as Colonel Jessup, “you can’t handle the truth.” Vessels of healing must ignore the temptation to be popular by faithfully obeying the Holy Spirit. In a world desperate for leadership, healing and truth, step out in faith as the Lord is waiting for A Few Good Men, to become vessels of healing.
by Jay Mankus