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I open my refrigerator door & look inside & take note:

  • Diet Coke bottle holds….. Diet Coke
  • milk container holds….. skim milk
  • light cream container holds….. light cream
  • Redi Whip can holds….. whipped cream
  • wine bottle holds….. wine (hey, it is my fridge we are talking about & if you know us, you know that there is one of us, whom I will leave nameless, that drinks wine & it isn’t me!!!)

As I took this all in, I remembered a quote that I read last week:

What defines a vessel is whatever the vessel holds.

(Taken from “Altar’d by Jennifer Kennedy Dean)

I loved that! You would never open a container of milk & expect to fill your glass with Diet Coke. You grab a container & you know exactly what you will be able to pour. This has had me thinking for a few days.

In Genesis 2, we are told:

Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.”Â Â  (verse 7 HCSB).

From this verse, we learn that God breathed His very own breath into man & man came to life. We house the very breath of God in our human bodies. We hold the breath of God in our vessels. We hold the Holy Spirit in our vessels.

                       “What defines a vessel is whatever the vessel holds.”

                                    God should be our defining factor.

The problem really lies within us. What are we storing up? Jesus addresses this very issue & says:

 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”Â  (Luke 6:43-45 NIV). 

The word “overflow” is meant to give a word picture of leftovers or a surplus. We will display the leftovers of our heart. Eventually what we are housing inside of our storehouse (our hearts) will make its way out & be visible.

May I be a woman defined by the breath of God in me. May I have a heart that is full of His Word so that I have good leftovers to share with others.