“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” Deuteronomy 7:6
Since we are God’s treasured possession, we are his lump of clay on his pottery wheel, we need to realize that we do not belong to ourselves, but to Him. We belong to the potter. The potter has the blueprint in mind as to how the clay is to be shaped, formed, molded and what its purpose will be. Since we know all of this to be true, our next step is understanding that God has to put his hands on us in order to make us into his final product.
The molding and shaping process is not necessarily a fun roller coaster ride that spins you round and round in circles. Being under the
hands of the one who works the clay can actually feel quite the opposite. Applied pressure from his hands, force us to own actions, take responsibility and change behaviors. Yes, I said it, change!
As we are on the potter’s wheel and our base, the all important center is balanced, then God begins to raise the clay into form. As he does this, he often has to apply pressure to the clay in order to get it to bend and take the shape that HE has in mind, not the shape the clay naturally wants to bend. Our natural tendencies do not mean that they are necessarily godly ones. Sometimes it is the tough stuff in life, the most uncomfortable situations that cause us to sit on the potter’s wheel and have debris removed from us. As a potter spins clay, he will find small twigs, rocks and debris in the clay that have to be removed, so that they clay will be stronger and less likely to crack. I cannot speak for you, but it is not pretty if I crack. While I do not like the painful removal of debris in my life, because it causes me to take an honest look at the flaws of my clay, I would rather be spun and picked by the hands of love than remain cracked and broken. Would you not, too?
I am sure someone reading this is thinking, well, I am just that way! I always have been, always will be. That does not have to be the finality of your life. It is not God’s desire for us to remain in our current condition, but rather to be spurred on and shaped by his divine perfection. That does not mean we will be perfect, what it means is that we will be shaped by the perfect one. As he puts his hands on us and we fall into them allowing the Perfect One to push, prod, pull and illuminate the clay, then we become more like him and the intended vessel he desires to use.
The truth of the matter is this, if we do not allow him to sit us on the wheel in order to remove debris in our lives, then there will be always be abundance of weaknesses in our lives. Yet, when we allow him to put us in situations that cause the weeding of weaknesses, then we become strong. It is in our weakness that he is made strong. We need to stop relying on myself to handle it all, do it all and fix it all, but rest in His hands, our creator, so that we can allow him to strengthen us. Sure, going through the process is not fun, it is not enjoyable and there are painful moments, but in the end, we can be set free from things that kept us walking down the same path tripping on the same rock and stumbling. Who is ready to get past their stumbling rock?
“So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21
Do you want to be fit for the master? A willing, usable, purposed filled vessel? Then it is important that you allow him to sit you on the wheel and shape you, preparing you for His purpose. When we become set in our ways and do not allow the potter to mold us, we then have pushed the potter to the side and have decided for ourselves what is best. We have “ex’d” the master and taken the reigns of the wheel. It is as though we moved to the drivers seat and put God in the passenger seat. Instead of taking a ride with God, we have told God just ride along with us and if I need some help with navigation, I will ask. The reality is that God wants to drive you and for you to follow him! We, so easily, tangle and twist the role of who we are and who He is in our lives. Let us remember God is the pilot! In order to be like the master, we have to follow his plan, less we become a piece of pottery that is unlike the original plan.
When we say, “God put me on your wheel. I realize I am just clay, you are the potter. I cannot do the work that you do with your hands. I know that this is not going to be fun. I know this is going to cause me to take a hard look at my flaws and force me to change my ways so that I can reflect your design. But there is no one else I would rather have their hands on me, than you. For I know, that you are perfect and all your ways are right! You love me unconditionally and have good intents for me, not harm.”
When we are on the wheel in the potter’s house , God has us right where he wants us!
“Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” Ephesians 2:7-10, The Message