The vessels that have been given you for the service of the house of your God, you shall deliver before the God of Jerusalem. And whatever else is required for the house of your God, which it falls to you to provide, you may provide it out of the king’s treasury. Ezra 7:19-20
The King of Persia was letting the Hebrews return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city of God, and the Temple in the middle of it. The verse is part of his decree. What can it mean for us today, living in the 21st century? To me, a great deal.
As Christians, we are the temple now, are we not? The Apostle Paul said so. God dwells in our hearts, and He wants to be the center of our lives. And what is the vessel that has been given to us for service ? Again, it is us. We are the jars of clay in the hands of the Master Potter.
So, as I see these verses, we bring ourselves to God and empty our vessels of selfishness, pride, envy, anger, and all the other junk. Then, His loving grace washes them clean with the Blood of the Lamb and He begins to fill them up.
With what? With things from the king’s treasury, because our God is King of all Kings, Lord of the Universe who sits on the highest throne. God fills our vessels up with Himself. That is what falls upon us to provide; that is what is required for the House of God. We are to provide Him to the hurting world through our service.
How wonderful it is that our God gives us all the tools we need to do His will. All we have to do is empty ourselves just as Jesus did according to Philippians 2 and take on the form of a servant. Then, God will wash the vessel out and fill ‘er up with what is precious beyond measure from the treasury of our King to adorn His temple – Himself.
Simple, but not very easy, is it?