21st November 2016

The Master Potter!

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our Potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.”
Isaiah 64:8 (NKJV)

You are special to God! Because His individual design and plan for your life is unique. He doesn’t trust this work to anyone but Himself.

I watched a DVD about a potter recently and was amazed by the skill with which he moulded and shaped a large and beautiful pot on his wheel. Such artistry, such precision, such amazing hands and it was just a joy to watch him mould and shape this masterpiece from a piece of shapeless clay!

In Acts 9:15 Jesus tells Ananias, one of his disciples who lived in Damascus, to go to Saul, an enemy of the fledging church, but one who was soon to become Paul the Apostle; “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.”

We, too, are chosen vessels to bear His name in the world today. Our great God has a special purpose for us, a custom-designed plan for our lives—so we become custom-designed vessels for a custom-designed purpose! As He works with us towards this goal He knows where and how much pressure to apply to bring out the beauty of the vessel. With great skill He uses the pressures in our lives to shape us—pressures such as fear, uncertainty, sickness, and pain. None of His work is wasted, with each turn of the wheel, each degree of pressure from His hands, He fashions a vessel to reflect His glory! Paul tells us, “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

But, of course, this clay needs to be yielded to the hands of the Potter, quietly allowing this change to happen as each phase of this transformation takes place. The Potter knows exactly what He is doing, so don’t try to second guess Him, and the end result will be a beautiful, functional pot, built and shaped to contain His glory!

And here’s the reason for this: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7 Italics mine). Clay cannot make anything of itself—it requires a Potter, who makes all things to shine with his glory!

Thank You Father, for the awesome power that You have given to dwell within pots of clay—pots shaped and fashioned to reflect Your glorious love and character in the dark places here on earth.

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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