Sunday 6th May, 2018 [Communion Service]
1 John 5:1-6
Hymn of meditation: PH 602
“Love one another”, said the Lord,
“Love others, as I have loved you”,
Love one another, with pure love,
O Jesus, give me this pure love.
Beloved in God, we thank the Lord once again for a time like this when we can share together on the theme “You are a Chosen Vessel of Christ”. The three passages bring to mind the need for us, as individual believers, to have that assurance and knowledge that we have been chosen by God. We did not choose Him, He chose us, for a purpose. Let us reflect on the following song as we ponder over the words and prepare our minds for God’s word for today.
I am Thine O Lord; I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me.
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord.
To Thy precious bleeding side.
Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
May the Lord touch you that at the end of this service, so you will get to know who you truly are in Christ and also cause you not to forget this fact that it is He who created all things and has decided to choose you, no matter your background, to be a vessel of honour that demonstrates the love and the peace of God throughout all the earth so others may see and know the goodness of God. In 2 Timothy 2:20-22, the Bible teaches us that:
“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
God did not just call us to occupy the pews and seats but to demonstrate in works and speech, through our daily lifestyles that we are children of God. We have been chosen to bear fruit, not mere fruits but fruits that will remain forever.
“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.”
Cornelius was not a Jew at that time. Though a Gentile, he was righteous before God and gave alms to the people and gathered the members of his family to seek the face of the Lord. One day God answered his prayers to confirm that, the Lord our God who sits up on the throne, is no respecter of persons. God will do this if only we will commit our ways to him and sacrifice our time and energies to His service. God showed up and Cornelius and his entire family prayed with a new language.
- God can do anything He chooses. He can take the unlearned and the unskilled and use them to His glory. The disciples are an example of how God can take anyone and use; they were not learned people but when the Holy Spirit came upon them, they went up there to witness and share the gospel with everyone. We have been called by God to go and bear fruits and let others know that we are really children of God and that the power of the Holy Spirit indwells us. It is through that power that God does His works in us for people to see and give God the glory due Him.
- God wants us to bear fruits as children of God. If you obey His commands then you will bear fruits, but if you do not know of the assurance of God, never to leave nor forsake us, then fear and panic will grip you like a baby. However, if you know His promises, then you will be rest assured that no one can stand up against you when He is on your behalf. Without the study of the Word of God, it will be very difficult to be vessels of honour. If you do not take pains to study His word, you cannot bear fruits: “apart from me, you can do nothing”. This is why the Psalmist says that Lord “Thy Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against Thee”. When it comes to the issue of sin, David said emphatically that due to the indwelling Word, he will not sin against God because the moment the temptation comes his way, the Word of God will also convict him to flee and shun, with the Holy Spirit granting him the grace to overcome.
- We come to Jesus Christ knowing that we have been chosen. One question that I pondered over was: Have we all been chosen? If you are here and have the Lord Jesus Christ dwelling in you, then the promise is that yes, God has chosen you. You may not be able to preach or teach like a Reverend Minister but God has given you a task and expects you to do it to His glory. Acts 9:6> tells us that God has chosen us for a purpose in the church and community to witness to His might works and to demonstrate to other that we serve a living God
Let your life challenge people daily to come and follow the God that you are serving. Maybe God has chosen you to sing in this congregation to lift up the spirit of other people or the grace to just smile back at people so they feel loved. Perhaps you have been chosen to encourage others to stay closer to the Lord. We all have a part to play. After wandering away for a very long time, God in His own wisdom brought me closer to Him and I made a decision to serve God for the rest of my life. Yours may be a different story but still know this, that you are a chosen vessel of Christ. Christ will ensure to give you the strength to accomplish any mission that brings Him the glory.
We’ve been chosen for a noble purpose. My prayer is that the Lord touches each and every one of us. We ought to renew our commitment with the Lord Jesus Christ and continue to ask what He needs of us. We normally ignore God’s instruction because we do not recognize His voice, but if you pray and study His Word continually, you will be used to Him and give you verses and messages to ponder over. It is not a president or a Pastor who chose you so He will give you the grace and show you the kindness that you can live the rest of your life in accordance with His will if only you are willing to yield all your members to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
May the Lord grant us mercy this morning, may He speak through us and use us for His glory. Just rely on His faithfulness and He will see you through.