6/4/08

The Pot Calling..

I've been all-consumingly fascinated by the principle of the Potter's wheel lately. The allegory is timeless; if you've been in a Christian setting for any length of time, you're probably familiar with it.

But the Potter and the vessel have kept me on a constant search through scriptures and references lately. There are so many facets to this brilliant gem that my feeble brain is popping wheelies trying to get around the relationship of the clay and the vessel to our walks as Christians.

It seems simple - hard times are used by God to shape us into better Christians. We deal with it. We have joy in our trials, because they're for our good. What's not to understand?

A lot. There's so much more here than a simple "learn to accept pain as gain" concept. Just ask my crazy analytical brain. I'm coming up with so many answers and applications that I'm left completely in awe of Jesus once again. He can take one tiny, simple story, and it blankets the entire human race in application and relevance.

Yeah, He's good like that.

God gave Jeremiah this allegory in Jeremiah 19:1-10. So says the prophet [and the chu'ch says AMEN, y'all!];

"God told me, "Up on your feet! Go to the potter's house. When you get there, I'll tell you what I have to say."

So I went to the potter's house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot.

Then God's Message came to me: "Can't I do just as this potter does, people of Israel?" God's Decree! "Watch this potter. In the same way that this potter works his clay, I work on you, people of Israel."

And we receive revelation. He's working on us, daily changing and molding us into better Christians, drawing us closer to Him, pouring precious oils of anointing into us.

Here is where the church usually says AMEN. We're good with understanding that He has a plan for us.

But inquiring minds want to know more.

What about hardened clay? The Bible is clear about our hearts being in constant need of softening. [See Ps. 51:10 for David's earnest supplication for a pure heart and the parable of the rich, soft soil in Matt. 13]

What about becoming vessels of honor? We're His pride and joy. He glories in our accomplishments, just like the doting Father that He is, and He specified [in Romans 13] to honor leaders when honor is due.

What about the flow of anointing into and out of the vessel? We're commanded to pour into the lives of others as Jesus pours His love into us. [Prov. 1:23 and Is. 44:3 speak of Jesus pouring out, and David pours out his soul in the Psalms many times {Ps. 42:4, for example}]

What about the mending of a broken vessel? God promises to be our Comforter at all times, the Mender of our brokenness. [John 14:26 tells us that the Holy Ghost is our Comforter; to read an incredible story of His healing touch, see this beautiful story..]

What about the purpose of the breaking? A cracked pot is different than a vessel completely shattered. [Job 16:12 speaks of being broken asunder, and we all know how Job's tragedy turned into triumph.]

I will never know the ways of Jesus; they're far too perfect for my human understanding to grasp.

But I'm straining to know, peering through a dark, smoky glass, reaching for the revelation that awaits on the other side.

So how is the Potter working in you?

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