Happy New Year, Everyone! This year is going to be an exciting adventure, and I would love for you to join me. Here is a new devotion to get the year started off in a good way. Enjoy!
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart,” 1 Timothy 2:20-22, NKJV.
They are not the prettiest pieces of equipment on the farm, and definitely not the biggest. They are simple things—great big buckets on wheels. But, we use them every day in the barn–wheelbarrows. We pile manure in one as we muck the stalls; we use another to carry hay or feed. We use wheelbarrows to carry saddles and tack from one barn to another. Sometimes, we even use them to transport younger children from one end of the barn to the other—at a bumpy speed as they giggle and bounce.
Some days I feel like a wheelbarrow—it seems I am getting piled high with lots of meaningless chores, I do not feel pretty, and I know I am not the biggest piece of equipment God is using in His Kingdom work. I wonder if I make a difference in the day-to-day chores I handle. In the great scheme of things, does the little bit of work I do in a small place on earth really matter? In the great house of God, what kind of vessel am I, really?
Then, I am reminded, God has all kinds of vessels—some are pretty, made of gold and silver and they attract others to the table the Lord has laid out for us. Others are wood and clay—those who are simple, down-to-earth, like the wheelbarrows, who have specific jobs to fulfill. They are not flashy, but they are faithful to serve. They are not dirty—they have been cleansed from dishonor by their faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior—and now they serve in whatever capacity He deems fit for them.
And yes, they do make a difference. Like the wheelbarrows, they carry the loads for others—burdens that are tough to bear alone. They carry the necessary nutrients of the Gospel—the hay and feed of the Word of God—to those who are lost and dying without a Savior. Still others carry the equipment we need to be able to ride safely through this life, as they teach the principles of Scripture. And, wheelbarrows get to do my favorite job on the farm—make children happy by giving them a sense of joy and freedom in the safety of God’s farm, His Kingdom. Feeling like a wheelbarrow today? Good for you.
Thought-provoker: How do we feel about being wheelbarrows for the Kingdom?
Lord, thank You for the wheelbarrows—those who have made a difference in our lives by carrying loads and helping us to find joy. Help us to be a wheelbarrow for someone today for Your glory. Amen.