I Love the image of Jesus as the Potter; sitting at his potters wheel with a lump of clay, pushing and turning and squeezing that clay into various shapes for various purposes. In my office I have a large pencil sketch print of Jesus, leaning over the potters wheel while he gently shapes the vessel he is turning in his hands.
I often look at this picture as I pray, recognizing that many times it is me on that wheel. On those days that I feel broken or weak, I see Him reshaping me, fixing the cracks and gently molding me into His vessel.
The thing He has been teaching me lately as I don’t get to choose the shape or purpose of that vessel, as the Potter it is His choice to decide how to use me. This has helped me to be more malleable and open to change, sometimes I’m used to hold things for a time and other times I’m used to pour out into someone else’s life. Neither is better than the other as both have vital uses within the Kingdom of God
Today as I was praying, I asked God to show me how He would use me next… would I be holding or pouring out? I was pretty sure I knew the direction He was sending us, after all it is my plan to move West to be in a warmer climate and closer to my new Granddaughter. Then minutes later, I received a phone call which presented an opportunity completely opposite of what I purposed in my plans, suddenly I found myself questioning myself & my motives… am I following the desires of my heart or the desires of Gods?
At this moment in time, I have no idea what we will do, but I believe God is challenging me once again, to look at the gift He gave us… this gift of Salvation. To recognize we did not earn it, nor do we deserve it and He has a plan & purpose in it for us. Once again, I feel the potters wheel start spinning and those gentle yet firm hands changing my shape into something new. May He show us the way…
Thank you for your Word, thank you for teaching me how to live IN YOU, and for reminding me that I was made alive in Christ Jesus. Your Word tells us Lord, that you not only saved us, giving us freedom from our sins, but You have seated us beside Christ in the heavenly places, uniting us to You.
Thank you Lord, It’s one thing to free us from the power of sin… but quite another to lift us and unite us with Christ, You gave us your power to fight the enemy and his evil schemes. Thank you for showing us through your Word, and the early church your amazing gift of Grace, Love and Faithfulness.
Use me Father to shine your light onto future generations, directing them to You. Heavenly Father, You saved me by your Grace when I first believed. There was nothing I had to do but believe. All the work was done by You… Glory to God!!
Forgive me Lord for the times I got caught up in legalistic teachings, thinking that somehow I could earn your favour; changing your free gift of Grace to my works and deeds. I was foolish in this thinking Lord, thank you for opening my eyes to your Truth.
Help me Jesus not to boast in any way, thinking I had anything to do to receive this gift. Thank you that my Salvation has been fully worked out by You. It was by your sacrificial death on the cross that I have been made clean in your sight. It is your resurrection that grants my entry into Eternity. It is because of your loving kindness towards me that causes me to want to do good in your sight and serve You with my life.
Thank you Lord that You knew me and made me to be your Masterpiece.., Your Poem, what a beautiful image that evokes to me your child. To know that You created me to with gifts and talents exactly suited for the plan You had for me even before I was born. A plan that was specifically mine, hand tailored for me.
Through your Spirit I pray that You will reveal that plan for me that I might walk in, shining the light of your Glory for ALL to see. Use me Lord I pray. Thank you for this gift of Salvation that I could never earn. Continue teaching me and molding me, continue working out you plan within me Lord, show me how to live more fully in You.
In Jesus name ❤️ Amen
Have you ever experienced that crushing feeling inside your heart when you see truth revealed and you realize that once again you have fallen short? Or maybe, that feeling that you are being pulled and stretched outside of your comfort zone?
I would challenge you to consider that you may be on the Potters wheel, that Jesus might be reshaping you into a new form for a new purpose.
I’m not sure how you feel about this Potter thing: shaping – pounding down – reshaping… repeat. Originally, It made me feel like I was always broken and never good enough. Through time, the Lord helped me to see that I was looking at it all wrong. It’s not about being broken at all, in fact it was really about being used for more and better things.
As I grew in my Christ like maturity, my old form and use also needed to change. He was using me for bigger and better things, and with that I needed a new shape for a new purpose. These days I find incredible comfort in the molding process, as it tells me He is not done with me yet… there is still more for me to do.
Don’t fear the Potter or the time on the wheel, allow yourself to be malleable in His Godly hands, so He can make you into something even more beautiful and useful for His Kingdom. Remember the verse we read earlier: We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!
Praise the Lord that He is the God of Design and Purpose… He leaves nothing to chance, including you and I…
Blessings, Janet❤️. Journey4Jesus
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