As a young man, I spent several years aboard a few naval vessels. They carried men, weapons and our defense mission to places near and far (though I served during peace time). The word vessel intrigues me. Besides describing ships, it also can mean a pot to carry any kind of liquid or even a blood vessel to carry the most vital human liquid to all parts of the body. In a very real sense, each of us who has come to know the Lord is a vessel for him. Our lives are vessels which carry His presence within and also carry His truth to others. In a sense we are both containers and transporters of the Lord, as a ship is a carrier and transporter of a nation's defense. I like the analogy because I am aware that I am not the truth but, through the Lord's purposes, we can become a vessel for His truth. We are challenged to be the kind of vessel that the Lord is pleased with!
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality: that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor...