As believers we are vessels. We are vessels of the Lord. Vessels that receive from the Lord and vessels that pour into others. We are not meant to keep what God gives us all to ourselves. We are meant to be “pourers” and “distributors.” God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. God gave. We are His followers and giving is in our DNA and it should be a reflex. It should be a way of life and a habit that never gets old. I spent a long time waiting to receive and to get from God without thinking about giving. I felt like I had had so many bad events in my life that after a while it was my turn to get some good news and to be blessed. I saw myself as a recipient of God’s love and nothing else.
The problem was that God never intended for me to keep all that He was giving me. I missed the mark. I got confused. I misunderstood love. Love is selfless. Love is kind and love is giving. You and I have a lot to give. You and I have the power to make others happy, to encourage them and to bless them. We ought to use that power and walk in it knowing that Jesus is our provider and anyone and everyone can benefit from receiving from Him. We are the vessels that can make things happen for others. We are the vessels that contain the love, the joy and the peace that this world needs. We can make someone happy. We can make someone experience love. We can pour into lives all around us. There is someone around you that needs the Jesus who lives in you.
Greater is the Lord that lives in us than the enemy that lives in the world. Greater is the love that lives in us than the hate that lives in the world. Jesus is more powerful than anything that is negative in this world. We have the love and the power that it takes to make a difference in our world. What we need to do is to be aware of the love in ius. We need to be aware of Jesus in us. It is easy to ignore Him and to go about our day without thinking about the love, the truth and the light that dwells in us. We can’t give what we don’t know we have. Some of us are powerhouses of the Lord on Sunday and then we are “empty vessel minded” the rest of the week when in reality we are containers of the Lord.
We need to change our perspective and our perception of the Lord. We have Him all the time but if we don’t put faith in that truth, it will not do us any good. I want to encourage you to remind yourself that you are a child and that His love is in you. It is there to bless you and to bless others. You have what it takes to touch someone with God’s love and to make someone’s day by pouring into their lives what Jesus has given you. Think about the fruit of the Spirit. It is there and it can be shared. Give the fruit to the people in your life who are hungry for love, thirsty for a cup of peace and longing for joy.
I am learning that it is primordial for me to let the love of the Lord and all the other fruit of the Spirit grow in me. Joy is my strength and I cultivate it and let it blossom. It is a fruit that can sow seeds of happiness wherever I go. In my daily interactions with people, I see a strong need for peace and for joy. People are craving peace. People need a break from the worry and the suffering. People need a moment. People need a moment with Jesus and you and I can give them that moment. We don’t need to get on our soapbox and preach with words they won’t understand. We can preach with our actions. Our time is a great sermon. When we give people the gift of time and attention, we show them love. The Holy Spirit knows how to make everyone happy and how to give people joy.
My suggestion is that you pray daily and ask the Spirit of the Lord to guide you and to reveal to you how you can make someone happy today. Listen to His beautiful whispers and go with what He says. There is someone close to you who hasn’t smiled in a while and you have the power to make him or her smile again. There is someone close to you who has never seen love in action and you have the power to minister love to them. Everyone you know has some type of need and the Lord knows how to meet that need. You can help. All you need is an open and willing heart and Jesus will do the rest. You can make someone happy today so don’t underestimate what the Lord has put in you. It is powerful and it will change someone’s day for the better. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: John 15:12; 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8; 1 Peter 4:8