Fill My Vessel, Lord

Posted on 11/25/2012 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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ROOFTOPS

Here I am before you
Falling in love and seeking your truth
Knowing that your perfect grace
Has brought me to this place
Because of you I freely live
My life to you, oh God, I give

So I stand before You God
I lift my voice because you set me free

So I shout out your name from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am yours

All the good You've done for me
I lift up my hand up hand for all to see
You're the only one
Who brings me to my knees
To share this love across the earth
The beauty of Your Holy Word

So I kneel before You God
I lift my hands because you set me free

So I shout out your name from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours

All that I am I place into Your loving hands
And I am Yours, I am Yours

Here I am, I stand with arms wide open
To the one, the Son, the everlasting God (2x)


ALL CONSUMING FIRE

All-consuming fire You're our heart's desire
Living flame of love come baptize us

Let us fall more in love with You

We want to know how high how deep how wide is
Love Love Love


ALABASTER JAR

Verse 1:
This alabaster jar is all I have of worth
I break it at Your feet, Lord, it's less than You
Deserve
You're far more beautiful, more precious than the oil
The sum of my desires and the fullness of my joy
Like You spilled Your blood, I spill my heart
As an offering to my King

Chorus
Here I am, take me as an offering
Here I am, giving every heartbeat for Your glory
Take me

Verse 2:
This time that I have left is all I have of worth
I lay it at Your feet, Lord, it's less than You deserve
And though I've little strength, and though my days are

Few
You gave Your life for me so I will live my life for
You
Like You spilled Your blood, I spill my heart
As an offering to my King

Chorus 2: Here I am, take me as an offering
Here I am, giving every heartbeat for Your glory
Here I am, take me as an offering
Here I am, giving every heartbeat for Your glory, take
Me

Bridge:
Worthy, worthy, You are worthy, worthy is the Lord
Worthy, worthy, You are worthy, worthy is the Lord
(Repeat twice)


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Father God, thank You for being in this place, for showering Your presence upon us. Guide us in the next part of this service. May my words be pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus' Name Amen.

Today I am presenting a Fire Side Chat called Fill My Vessel, Lord.

I'll start by reading 2 Kings 4:1-7 (NKJV)

4 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves."
2 So Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?" And she said, "Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil."
3 Then he said, "Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few.
4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones."
5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.
6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel."
And he said to her, "There is not another vessel." So the oil ceased.
7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest."


Have you ever come to God with your vessel empty?

Sometimes I think we Christians (this includes me) come to God with a very tiny vessel and say "Yes, God, I want more of You!" And I can hear Him say "Are you sure you want more of Me? I'll fill up that little vessel since that is all the room you have left." I'm wondering if He is sad about that because we are so full of other things that He and His presence are last on our list of things to "get".

Instead, we need to come with the BIGGEST vessel we have and ask God to fill it until it overflows! I can hear God say "I will do that for you! Come again after you empty this vessel and I will fill it and overflow it with Me!"

Or...let's come with a huge pile...10, 20, 30, or more vessels for God to fill. Don't we want His all?

He wants to give us the best of everything, but if we only have a small vessel and only one of those, how can He give us all of Himself? Are you really wanting all of God? Are you just playing games with Him?

A vessel...let's imagine it is a clay pitcher for getting water from a well. It holds three gallons. You carry it to God and ask Him to fill it, to fill your vessel. What if on the way after He has filled it, you fall and it breaks? What then?

You'd go back to Him and ask Him to fix the vessel and refill it, right? He would have no problem with that.

Okay, let's go back to the story in 2 Kings chapter 4. Elisha tells the woman to collect all the vessels from her neighbors, but not just a few. What if God asked you to collect ALL the vessels you could because He was going to overflow you with His presence? What would you do? You'd collect tons, right?

Now, there are going to be some of us who only have one vessel. God is ok with that. Just ask Him to fill it...say “Fill my vessel, Lord.” He will answer in His time.

I have this picture in my mind. I can see this person, a little boy, carrying a small vessel to the throne of God. The boy is smiling shyly. “Fill my vessel, Lord” he says. Father God smiles hugely at him and pours Himself into the small bowl. The boy grins and dances away.

When the boy arrives home, he shares what is in his vessel. He fills vessel after vessel until there is nothing in his. He returns to God and God refills his vessel. The process continues over and over.

We don't want our vessels to run dry. It is our source of giving to others that which God has given us. That's why we need to pray, worship, and read our Bibles...communicate with God to fill our vessels so that we can be blessings to those around us.


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Let's take just a few minutes to let all this sink in. And as we play some worshipful music, and as we put ourselves in a position of worship, let's consider what all of this means for us. How can you be more open for God to fill you with Himself? What could be standing in the way? What do you need to do, and what do you commit to do, to empty yourself and make yourself more available to be filled to overflowing with His Holy Spirit?

After this time of reflection, you're invited to share your thoughts with everyone. Just IM me and let me know you have something to share. You can share either in voice or in text.