God wants us to be His human instruments – …prepared unto every good work ((II Tim. 2:20-21). In fact, we are to be honorable vessels “meet for the Masters use.”
The English word instrument is defined as ” a means whereby something is achieved, performed or furthered” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary).
What kind of instruments are we? God is the Master and we have to yield ourselves to His use. When He tries us out as instruments, what response is He getting? Would He say, “Everything I do, this person responds exactly the way I want Him to. He is a mirror of all the effort and mastery I am putting into Him.
Perhaps more commonly it is: ” I try to play this instrument this way, and yet there are places where it doesn’t respond the way I need to.”
If we respond properly to God, we should be like the finest Steinway piano – where not one area of the instrument is lacking in power, or that stands out as inconsistent in sound from other parts of the piano.
Did the piano start out that way? No, it went through many painstaking quality-control checkpoints. Likewise, through an arduous process of inspections and tests, God intends for us to be growing as instruments who will perfectly reflect His will – not be an awkward “middleman” between God’s will and the actual lesser result.
Paul uses this metaphor to describe our relationship with God in Rom. 6, where we are told to yield ourselves unto God, as “instruments of righteousness” (verse 13).
As human instruments, we have the ability to question God., as it states in Rom. 9:20, where the thing formed (human) questions God’s intentions in forming him. But God does not make mistakes, as His will and execution of that will is perfect. Are we a mirror of that will?
We can also yield ourselves unconditionally unto God. The key to perfection is “yielding.” Then God can mold us as His finest instrument, or the most honorable vessel this universe has ever seen (Rom. 9:21). We must grow closer to that perfect mirror of God’s masterful will.