A word came to me today about the potter’s clay. I know that I am a sinner and unworthy of anything special but still the thought came to my mind that since we are all the clay that God uses to shape into His likeness, wouldn’t it be nice if more of us would give our all back to Him to use in ways that were beneficial for His kingdom. If you truly believe that God created you and everyone in existence, then it was by His hands that He formed us just like the potter makes his pottery out of batches of clay. He makes different ones for different purposes but it was from love and with a specific intent that he makes them all. Some are for ordinary use and others for special occasions. The things that were made don’t question the potter’s hand nor his spinning wheel. They only serve for the purposes they were intended.
“Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” Romans 9: 20-21 - NIV
There are times when I get inspired to write an essay and the thoughts seem to come from another place but it uses this human mind. As a corrupted fruit I realize that my thoughts are usually in conflict with God’s thoughts so it is a challenge to flush out my thoughts from the ones that the Spirit wants to share using me. Obviously there is an internal battle going on in me as in most of us that has to do with our sinful nature. Although we would like to do good, act good and, be good, however we are usually faced with an internal challenge that makes us want to do the opposite.
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” - Romans 7: 15-20 - NIV
In essence even though we are the potter’s creations, when we want to do God’s work there are forces that live in us compelling us to do the opposite. In order for you and I to be used by God many times we have to wrestle with the “self” that thinks it is who we are! God made our pieces of clay to serve in the manner of His choosing but sin will not cut us loose, not without a fight. Once we realize that there is an internal battle waging war against the members of our body, then the load becomes lighter because it is no longer us that has to win the war, but instead God’s own Holy Spirit that does so, on our behalf. Our only task is to surrender our will over to God’s superior will and the rest shall be done for us.
So, as my fellow pots of clay… what say you? Would you like to be used by your Maker to spread a message of peace and love? Would you like to feed the poor, destitute and the hungry? Would you like to be a temporary guardian over some of God’s special children? Would you care to assist our elders who might be suffering as they are experiencing the lack of resources? Are you willing to be persecuted for righteousness sake? Not all pots were intended to be used in the same manner.
As you look around you there is so much need yet far too few workers to fill all the needs. Fortunately the Potter knows the needs and hears the cries of the ones He made so it is not like there aren’t enough resources to fill the needs. But on earth there are forces that wars against God. With that said, if each one would teach one; if each one would help another; ultimately if God’s own people who are called by His name would offer their batch of clay, given unto God as your spiritual sacrifice, then certainly we could lighten the load. The heavens would smile down on us, 'look at all my beautiful pots!'
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14-
I think we are waiting and hoping that someone else would come along and fix some of the things that are clearly broken. But many of the fixes are already hidden in the broken pieces of clay.
And then the Lord said:
“Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” Verse 15
If you cannot do anything else you can always get on your knees and send up prayers to the Father on behalf of those in dire need.