As we enter the last quarter of 2020, I’m so thankful for you, my partner, for your faithfulness and support you’ve shown for this ministry. 2020 has been a different kind of year, but for the child of God, He only has the best designed for you and me.
Recently I have been meditating on the familiar Scripture Isaiah 1:19 which says, If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. However, the Passion translation brings out something I want to share with you: If you have a willing heart to let me help you and if you will obey me, you will feast on the blessings of an abundant harvest.
LET ME HELP YOU. Too often we find ourselves thinking that we must do something to get God to help us, but His heart is expressed perfectly here in Isaiah. He wants you to let Him help you. Part of the reason we have failed to see this correctly is that we don’t see ourselves as God sees us.
A few years ago, I heard about a thoroughbred racehorse named Smarty Jones. He had about $10 million in lifetime race earnings, and when he retired, he was purchased for about $70 million. He was at the end of his racing career, yet he was considered many times more valuable because of the seed that he contained. They knew that he had the potential of siring other champion thoroughbreds, and the value of what he carried was far greater than what he could do himself.
When put out to stud, thoroughbred racehorses are treated like royalty. For instance, Smarty Jones had his own personal trainer, personal servants, the best health care, and the best food. His living quarters were impeccable. There are some thoroughbreds who have their own treadmill under warm water to use for exercising during wintertime.
The purpose behind all of this special care and treatment for the horse is for the purpose of protecting the seed. In fact, a dose of seed from Smarty Jones came at a price of $250,000, and there were people lined up for it. Once the seed was harvested, it even had special trucks that were used in transporting it, and no other cargo was allowed to be transported with it.
2 Corinthians 3:3-6 tells us that we are able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit. Then in 2 Corinthians 4:6-7, we are told, For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Notice that the treasure is contained in an earthen vessel, YOU, and God protects the treasure by protecting the vessel; He protects His message by protecting His messenger; He glorifies the treasure by glorifying the vessel.
In the old covenant, the glory of God was located in a box called the ark of the covenant. The box was meticulously designed and handled very carefully. It was ornate in every way and overlaid with pure gold. Although the box was beautifully and impeccably designed, the box itself was not the treasure. The glory of God contained in the box was the treasure. How the people honored and handled the ark indicated how they honored and handled the treasure and glory of God inside the box.
In 2 Samuel 6 the ark of the covenant was briefly contained and protected in the house of Obededom, and God’s blessings on that house were so abundant that the entire nation knew of it. Obededom knew how special the ark of the covenant was, and he honored it. You can’t honor the contents without honoring the vessel, and God wants to place His honor upon His New Testament vessels that carry this treasure of the Gospel and the Glory and the Spirit of God.
Child of God, you are a vessel, a container of the very glory of God, and it is absolutely necessary that you get a vision of yourself in this way. If you don’t, you’ll never be able to fully experience all that God has for you or answer the call that God has placed on your life.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the Lord spoke something so sweet to me, and this is for you as well, “Nothing is too good for you, and only the best is good enough.” When you see yourself the way God sees you, you’ll believe those words and run with them. No doubt, where thoroughbred racing is concerned, people would think the extreme care taken for Smarty Jones was unnecessary, but these would be the same people who didn’t value the horse’s seed. In the same way, there were people who mishandled the ark of the covenant because they didn’t value what was contained in the ark. Truly, they missed out.
As you embark on the last quarter of 2020, remember what Isaiah 1:19 says, with a willing heart, let God help you. See yourself as valuable and worthy of honor. It’s when you know how important you are to God that you’ll be most effective for Him in fulfilling your call.