Today I attended a women’s conference hosted by my church. The title of the conference was: Pray More; Worry Less.
Am I the only person here who needs to worry less? I signed up as soon as I knew I was free on that day.
So, apparently did more than 350 other women! This is the largest conference that my church every hosted – but you wouldn’t have known it. For the attender, everything went smoothly, from registration, checking in, to entering the sanctuary that was already thick with the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The keynote speaker was Karen Abercrombie! She made us laugh, stirred our hearts to tears and inspired us toward greater closeness with our Living God. It was so encouraging.
One thing she said really stood out to me: “God uses any willing vessel for the glory of His Kingdom.” There are so many things we go through as women. Having our self-confidence and self worth trampled. Trying to fit in. Not knowing where we belong. Being so busy trying to meet other people’s needs that we fail to meet our own. Holding on to past hurts or failures. The list could go on. And it does, doesn’t it?
And yet; God. We have our list; but we have to put it down (and not snatch it back). God can use us. Not only CAN He use us, He wants to use us. He CHOOSES to use us – if we are willing.
Karen wove inspired monologues into her message; helping us to see Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, Rahab, mother of Boaz, and the Shulamite woman all come to life before our eyes. God heard their prayers. God treasured their willingness to serve and faith in Him. And so it shall be with us.
A verse about being a vessel comes to mind:
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
2 Tim 2:21 (ESV)
Whatever it is that is holding you back from being fully aligned with God, stop it, put it down, repent. Then, Pivot to God. We each are to be prepared for an honorable use, ready for every good work of the Lord. Its not easy; but in our own inability to do it, we will find God’s grace and strength.
Karen asked a couple questions in the beginning of her message. First she asked, “Do you believe in God?”. Most people smiled. Thinking it was the introduction to a joke that we were ALL in on. Karen then stopped and said, “Do you believe what God says about you?”.
WOW. She didn’t have to continue the vein of thought where the next logical thing would be to ask: If yes, then why do you behave as though you don’t?
Let’s stop acting as if we don’t believe. Let’s start believing what God says about us. We are precious to Him. We can boldly approach His throne of grace. We are here for His purpose and His glory. We are the willing vessels. Where does that lead you in your prayers for today?