You Are a Container

God never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, and I do not change…” And Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” These verses show that God won’t change; He’ll always be the same God who offers us grace and security in Him. We can rest easy in that fact.

As Christ followers, we’ve been given a mission. And that mission is to fulfill the vision of God throughout the Earth, to see as many people as possible come to receive the proposal He made to them on the cross. He wants people to accept the proposal and come into the Kingdom. Our responsibility is to plant the seed of the Good News in fields that need it, and water the seed so that it becomes fruitful.

And God has given us the tools we need to do this. John 7:39 compares the Holy Spirit, who helps guide believers, to water. The Holy Spirit is God, as the third person of the Trinity, and so He has never changed. Water is water, no matter how it is carried and poured. Sometimes, we might need a watering can; other times, a hose might be more suitable to the work we need to do.

Every single Christ follower is a container for the Holy Spirit, who lives in us. And we all have been given different gifts by Him. Some of us are extremely gifted in hospitality or generosity; others of us have skills in administration or finances. There is no limit to the ways God can use different people for the mission. Identify the kind of container you are and think about how you can use it to water the seed of the Good News.

Once you know how you can water the seed, start to think about where you can plant seeds and pour out that water. It’s tempting a lot of times to try and plant the Gospel in a field that is already bountiful. There’s nothing wrong with spreading the Good News in a place that already has it, but it’s also easy to ignore or just forget about the fields that are completely barren—the fields where it’s not going to be easy to get a seed to grow.

Part of living with valor for the Kingdom of God is being willing to do the hard, dirty work. Every field needs the Gospel, not just those where the conditions are already right for the seed to grow. Do your part for the Kingdom by living out whatever purpose God has placed on your life, by using the gifts, talents, and resources He has given you to grow the seed of the Good News throughout all kinds of fields.

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