27th October 2013

The Master Potter 

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.…”
Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV UK) 

A few years ago there was a sitcom on American tv called ‘Do Over’. The main character had a freak accident that sent him back to his life as a 14-year-old, but with all his adult memories intact. The show was about his attempt to right the wrongs of his past. 

Over the last 30 years of ministry, I’ve heard many in their Christian lives wishing they could start over. The good news is that in our spiritual life, we can. 

In Jeremiah 18, God orders the prophet to observe a potter shaping clay. As he watches, Jeremiah quickly realises that whenever the vessel falls apart, the potter doesn’t discard it. Instead, he pushes down the clay and starts over again. In the passage God says: “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?… Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand” (Jeremiah 18:6). 

God is constantly reshaping us. Our failures don’t disgust him or make God want to turn away. No matter what kind of mess we make of our lives, the master potter can always take our clay, remould it and ultimately make us into a beautiful vessel. 

Taking this analogy a little further, we can look at Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). The word handiwork can also be translated, ‘masterpiece’. 

We all make messes in our lives from time to time. But Scripture tells us to be confident, saying: “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). 

That’s good news for all of us.

Prayer
Holy Father, you have us in hand to make of dull earth a masterpiece of your creation, destined to be with you for all eternity. We ask for our rough edges and the faults hidden within us to be remoulded as necessary. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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