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Clay in the Potter’s Hand

Jeremiah 18:3-6, “[3] Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. [4] And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. [5] Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, [6] O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”

This a great passage of Scripture that reminds us of our relationship with God. We are the clay, and He is our Potter. A lump of clay is useless by itself, but if the clay will allow the potter to mold and shape it, it can become a useful vessel. The same is true with a Christian. On our own, we are essentially useless in the work of Christ. However, if we allow God to work on us and mold our life, we can accomplish something for the Lord

The molding and shaping process is not always easy. A Potter would take a lump of clay and put it on the wheel, and it would begin to spin. The Potter would use his hands to smooth out the edges and get rid of any unwanted/unnecessary parts of the clay. God does the same with us. He will take our life and begin to work on us. He will try to smooth us out and get rid of the bad parts of our life.

Though the process isn’t always easy and enjoyable, the end result is worth it. Seeing the beauty of a finished vessel, makes one realize the molding process was worth it. How much more beautiful is the life of a Christian that God is using to accomplish something. Let us determine today that we will allow God to take our life and shape it. Then, let us determine not to quit during the process. Lastly, let us determine to do something for God with our life.

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