Years ago, one of my pastors taught a very powerful lesson on being a conduit or a reservoir. This teaching has been a significant part of my faith walk for the last decade. My eyes were opened to the true meaning of being used as a servant by God, for His express glory. For the purpose of this teaching allow me to provide the definitions of these terms. A conduit is defined as being a channel for conveying water or other fluid. In other words, it is a conductor or vessel in which water flows through. A reservoir is defined as being a place where fluid collects, especially in rock strata or in the body. Now just reviewing the definitions of these terms makes me want to praise and worship Abba Father because if something is ‘fluid’ that means that it continuously flows or supplies to something or someone else. I do not know about you but I would much rather be a conduit, allowing the Holy Spirit to operate through me to be a blessing to others as well as allowing my resources, gifts, talents and abilities to be used to build God’s Kingdom. If we do not freely give of our gifts, talents and abilities then we become stagnant or unfruitful. It is the Father’s will that we use what He gave us to be a blessing to others thus creating more resources for ourselves. He considers those who do not freely give to be wicked servants as described in the book of Matthew (parable of talents, Matthew 25).
My daily prayer is “Father, please help me to be a vessel and a conduit. Flow through me Holy Spirit so that I can impact and bless the lives of others for Your Glory.” Are you a conduit or a reservoir? Does His spirit flow through you or do you just keep everything He gives you to yourself?
As 2015 approaches, let us be vessels and servants to help others, to build and edify the Kingdom by building and edifying people. May we show unconditional love based on the Word of God and not our imposed or superficial ideals. May we truly embrace His love for us and freely give that love to others by demonstrating our gifts, talents and abilities to help individuals realize their God given purpose and potential. Together we can do it.