It was yet another blissful Wednesday as Elder Edward Koduah revived our spirits with a powerful sermon on the theme “Treasure in Earthen Vessels” (2 Corinthians 4:5-7)
Ahead of the main theme, he reckoned the congregation to never let the devil steal their joy in the Lord for that is our strength and to preach of Christ no matter where we find ourselves.
We should not write sinners off, but go after them, for they become the testifiers and preachers of the gospel just as Paul did after his conversion.
He also reckoned that as Christians we have to have a heart full of light and not of darkness (fruit of the flesh).
Consolidating on the main theme, he explained ‘treasure’ as something that is very valuable, important and so unique that even people and kingdoms fight over to conquer. A treasury contains treasure and is owned and protected by a treasurer.
In the old testament, treasure is something hidden and kept for a purpose (Proverbs 15:6). In the new testament, it is further integrated into.
- Material Treasure; money and possession (Matthew 13:52)
- Spiritual Treasure; the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 13:44)
What makes us Earthen Vessels
-God created us in his image and likeness. We represent the original image of God. The dignity of man is God’s image.
-God created each and everyone for a purpose. He knew you before you were born (Jeremiah 1:5). God sometimes sets us apart from the masses so we can establish our purpose.
-He created us for his glory. Jesus Christ restored the glory we lost through disobedience. After repentance, He takes residence in you permanently, making you the headquarters of God. (Matthew 28). We have to give the glory of God back to Him through our testimonies (Psalm 91).
As a vessel of God, you are older and greater than the devil (1 John 4:4). He that lives in you is greater than the devil. (Colossians 1:15, John 1:3)
Our Mandate as Vessels is
– to reveal Christ, preaching of his greatness.
– to allow the beauty of Christ to be seen in you.
– to become a missionary and bring the hearts of sinners (our mission field) to Christ.
– to leave the footprints of Christ wherever we go
Bringing his sermon to a halt, he added that death is just a shadow to the Christian. It has no control nor power over us because we are the headquarters of the Godhead. (Psalm 23:4).
God bless his word.
[Written by the Excerpt Crew of the Editorial Committee]