Earthly Vessels for God’s Work

Leadership // August 21, 2010

I was reminded this week how blessed I am to have the opportunity to do the work that I do. I get to partner with churches and faith-based non-profit ministries who are engaging in God-inspired journeys to fund ministry, missions, projects, building expansions, renovations, and debt retirement.

In a client meeting this week, the pastor stood before his leadership team to encourage them to participate on a new journey. Within his comments, a wonderful description of God’s idea, His vision was passed down to the pastor and staff as a vision for their future ministry.

He shared that the vision as birthed in God’s mind exists there in a perfect environment – absolutely pristine.

There is no pollution of doubt, fear or failure to cloud the idea. God could choose to bring the idea to fruition totally on His own – in a whisper the idea could become reality.

But instead, for reasons we don’t always understand, He chooses to use us – earthly, cracked vessels, the totally imperfect – to bring His plan into reality. He instills a vision in leaders, chosen by God for that time and place, to implement the steps necessary to make God’s plan happen.

Think of Abraham, Moses, and Ezekiel. All earthly cracked vessels, yet chosen by God to do amazing things. Remember the blessings they received, as they allowed themselves to be used by God to His work.

And here I am. An earthly vessel – definitely cracked! And yet God has called me to do this work with His church. Wow!

About Rusty Lewis

As a church leader, there’s nothing more frustrating than not having the funding to do what God’s calling you to do. But when you think about trying to address that problem, you feel overwhelmed, you dread the potential pushback from your congregation, and you’re not sure where to turn for help. Over the last 18 years, I’ve helped more than 120 churches close the gap between their current financial reality and what they need to move forward in ministry.

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