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Wednesday May 18, 2022
Vessels Don’t Improve
“The final illustration that settled me into seeing my proper place as a human was the discovery that several times in the Scriptures we are called ‘vessels.’ A vessel is there only to contain. It does not become what it contains. The cup does not become the coffee, nor the coffee the cup. That ray of light shot into me. In other words, God was saying, ‘Stop fussing about your human self, where you fail and where you need improvement. Drop that whole false idea. Vessels don’t improve, they just contain. Now turn your attention away from what you are as a vessel–or think you should be. With a single eye, turn your full attention on Me, the One the vessel contains.’ That was enough to move me on to my crisis leap–into the reality of Galatians 2:20, which is now my favorite verse of Scripture: ‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.’ This was my personal experience of Romans 7, leading me into Romans 8.”
By Norman Grubb