Let me introduce you to Tosin Yemi-Sanni nee Oke, she’s a full-time God lover and a part-time banker. Tosin believes that as Christians you should be the spitting image of God and living with that consciousness with the help of the HolySpirit should guide your actions.
Here’s her #VesselUntoHonour story, I pray it blesses you as it did me:
One morning in August 2013, I sat with a heavy heart in the backseat of a cab on my way to work. The burden in my heart was so heavy that I started to cry. I cried uncontrollably as I seemed to be unable to point out the cause of my feelings. After a while, the HolySpirit took over and I began to pray in tongues. As I prayed in tongues, God began to speak to my heart. He told me He had saved me so that I could serve Him. He had gone the extra mile and reached deep down into the pit of life where I was and had brought me out so that I could share the tales of His goodness and amazing grace with others. In that moment, I dedicated my life and my all to Jesus afresh. It was only after this encounter that my burden lifted.
Whatever we do, and in whatever profession we find ourselves, we must always remember that we’re saved to serve. We didn’t choose Him, He chose us to be vessels unto honour written by Billy Graham or watch a message by Kenneth Hagin. For them, we are the Christ. I have realised that there are people in our spheres of influence that will never read a book w they know and see. God has placed us in specific organisations and environments so that people can know the love and grace of Jesus through us. He calls us to be vessels, set apart for His use. The great thing about being a vessel is that you get to be filled first, you get to be a first partaker of His goodness, love and grace and then you begin to pour out all you have been filled with.
As a professional, this means that my office is my pulpit. This for me, is not just about telling the cleaner who labours much to send her kids to school about the love of Christ; it’s not in showing that I’m the most spiritual person and that I can quote Bible verses; it is also about extending to her, the love and grace that Christ has shown me. It is in the way we give, smile, care and listens. This is what draws them to the God we claim to serve!
I have certainly been tempted many times to react in ways contrary to how a “vessel of honour” would. Right before I began my career, I thought I was one of the most patient and forgiving persons on earth. I soon realised that my patience hadn’t really been tested before I started working. I used to tease my colleagues that they brought out the aggressive lady in me. I however soon learnt that as God’s leading lady, I needed to pursue peace and have a gentle and quiet spirit. I still face situations in which I must decide whether to snap, roll my eyes and hiss or simply smile and hold my peace. Thank God for the Holy Spirit that reminds me of who I am in Him! I’m born of God; a spitting image of my Father! I’m a vessel, fit for honourable uses and this is who God helps me to be daily!
I pray that God helps us to truly be vessels that are useful for honourable and noble purposes and that our lives are truly a reflection of the Master’s love!