We can cease thinking that something more needs to happen to us spiriually before we can be an asset to God. If we keep focusing on ourselves externally, we’ll keep thinking, He can’t use me yet. If we focus on Christ living in us, we can put ourselves on the shelf as a liability and begin to see ourselves as an asset.

If we’re in union with God, then He must have us to express Himself through. (I’m not saying we’re indispensable; I’s saying this is how God has chosen to operate.) So if we are a necessary part of both God’s eternal plan and His plan in the here and now, we’re not a liability. We’re an asset. Our function is to be in union with the Greater and let Him express Himself through the lesser. We are vessels–containers of the life of God. But we are not the contents of the vessel. God is. We cannot produce His life. We can only express it.

Do you want to see what it’s like for a vessel to try to be the contents? Take a bite out of a Styrofoam cup and start chewing on it. It doesn’t taste very good. That’s what happens when the vessel tries to give itself away rather than its contents. The cup doesn’t taste as good as lemonade or coffee or Coke. But it’s what we get if we start chewing the external, looking for the eternal.

Paul explained our role as God’s assets this way: “we have this treasure  [the life of Jesus] in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

We are earthen vessels. We have this treasure in earthen vessels. The beauty of the vessel is its content. The frustration is when the vessel tries to become the content.