Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20
Focus: You Are A Vessel
Quote: “We only have what we give.” Isabel Allende
Now that you have accepted your calling and are ready to pursue the life of a social entrepreneur loving the world with your God-given gift, get ready to clean up. Those that are chosen by God and are called to his purpose must understand that they are now a vessel of God. Within the designated scripture it states that “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are NOT your own.” As a philanthropist you have to come to terms with the way you live and who you allow into your personal space. Although this scripture speaks of you being the property of God and to be mindful of who you share your body with the principle of the text holds a strong spiritual and social context as well.
When it comes to being a vessel you are made up into three different parts which includes your mind, body and soul. You are not your own property instead you belong to the Almighty and your existence is to represent his goodness and mercy all of the days of your life. The focus of this is to understand how much of a wonderful job it is to be made in the image of God and remind people of that daily. In order to truly embrace your job description you have to pay attention to the things you put in your body, where you allow your body to dwell and who has access to your body.
We are the property of God. Therefore, God is very protective of his property. He doesn’t want reckless people around his valuables. Think of yourself as God’s prize possession. Would you let just anyone hold you or be in charge of your safety for long periods of time? Only the trustworthy should be granted unsupervised access. The people that we come into contact with may have a direct effect on our thoughts, behaviors, ideas, passion and overall walk with God. This is why it is important to pay attention to who you surround yourself with. Pay attention to what habits are being encouraged within the presence of certain people and are such behaviors pleasing to God and his purpose for you? By outlining the good, the bad and even the ugly you’ll have a better understanding of the importance of being equally yoked.
This is a tough process to go through because it requires you to evaluate certain relationships. This is fundamental to the development of your social calling. In order to remain positive and in a Godly frame of mind you have to be mindful of the company you keep. I can remember a few months ago when I was structuring a youth retreat for some of my students, I was looking for input from my friends and associates and came across a lot of negative comments that started to discourage me. When you are told what to do by God you’re out of line for asking others what you should do and you’ve already received instructions. Lastly, its imperative to know that not everyone can comprehend the vision and plan God has given to you for you. The people I was asking input from weren’t able to see beyond their selfish needs and felt that a retreat focusing on self-enrichment instead of profit was seen as pointless. This effected my productivity and the event never happened. I forgot that I was a vessel of God chosen by God. I allowed people without a clear understanding of my God-given purpose pour their negativity into me and poison my purpose. God only knows how many lives were NOT changed because of my lack of follow through and willingness to let negativity surround me.
Write down who your closest friends are. Figure out who you spend the most time with and what you do during that time. Outline what is enriching about your interaction and what is not. Lastly figure out what you would need to do in order to make your relationship positive instead of toxic. If you can not find a way to avoid negativity then move on with love or do not share your journey with them at all.