Lest we should become proud and begin to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think, God has given us some warnings and instructions in His Word to remind us that we are only instruments in His Hand. This does not mean that we are not valuable in the sight of God. It does not mean that we are not precious and loved by our Heavenly Father. It just means that we need to remember that we are the creation and not The Creator. We cannot accomplish anything of great value, except the Lord help us.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Every good thing we have is a gift from God. In His mercy and kindness God has allowed you to have the good things you have. God has given you the mind, the strength and the knowledge to live and possess the good things you have. God has given you commandments and understanding to be able to deal with the difficult things in your life. If you are saved, it is because God has spoken to you, called you and given you the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Every worthwhile achievement you have accomplished in your life, you did it with the help of God and by His permission. He could have withheld that success. He could have allowed you to suffer circumstances which would have drastically changed your present life.
We are the creation of God and we have been created for His glory.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
In a world of opportunities and choices, God has created both good and evil. God has created the opportunity for men and women to choose to do evil. So that we could prove what is in our heart, God has created an evil for us to hate and shun or desire and embrace. God had the prophet Isaiah write these words:
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.
7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
God has created an evil for you to choose or refuse.
Do you want what is holy, good and righteous; or, do you want what pleases the flesh and is evil and wicked?
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Each of us have chosen and will choose whom we will serve.
We will believe God and choose to serve Jesus Christ and His way; or, we will not believe God and choose to serve Satan and his way. You are your choice. You have chosen how you will live in this world. You will be judged according to your choice and your deeds.
2 Timothy 2:19-21
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
Oh child of God, this is something you must recognize and understand. In a “great house” i.e. a spiritual congregation of God’s people, there will be both vessels of honor and some to dishonor. You must not allow a hypocrite or a sinner in the congregation to cause you to turn away from God and the truth. Don’t let someone’s actions or attitudes cause you to lose your own salvation. Don’t let Satan use another person to cause you to lose faith in the goodness of God and the righteousness of His people. You must choose to be the instrument of God which He can use to put judgment on the works of darkness. You must be the example of the believer, whom God can use to cause others to see the error of their own actions and attitudes. And don’t become proud and arrogant that you are better than another person. If you are a child of God, you are what you are by the mercy and grace of God.
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
Ananias was a man of God whom God could depend on. Ananias was a little hesitant about reaching out to Saul of Tarsus. But when God told him to go to Saul, he went. When God tells you to reach out to another person, believe God. Remember, you were once lost and on the broadway of sin and destruction. When we participate with God in bringing some soul to Jesus Christ, we never know what kind of great instrument that person may become in the service of the Kingdom of God.
There shall be lamentation generally upon all the housetops of Moab, and in the streets thereof: for I have broken Moab like a vessel wherein is no pleasure, saith the Lord.
God will save whom He will save. God will curse whom He will curse.
God is never wrong or unjust. He is a righteous judge, knowing the thoughts and intents of the heart. He will render unto every man and woman the reward they deserve. God wants us to be a willing instrument in His hand.
12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.
If you despise this word and this gospel, God will allow Satan to hurt you in this life and then you will be cast into hell to suffer forever. If you reject this gospel, you may be broken into so many pieces that your life can not have any peace or rest. You will be like a pot which has been broken into so many small slivers that not one piece can hold any good thing; not even a drop of water or a coal from the fire.
God has created you for His glory. Will you glorify God with your life; or, will you choose to be selfish, proud and wicked?
Will you be a vessel unto honor; or, a vessel unto dishonor?
It is not so much a matter of what you can do; but rather, what will you let God do with you. You have the power over your life to choose to be an instrument for good or for evil.
Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me, I have chosen to serve the Lord. I love this holiness way.