When I first started my junior year of high school, I signed up for an art class as one of my electives. I had heard that the teacher Mr. Pinter was quite an eccentric fellow, but what drew me to the class were all the different art projects we would get to do. Everything from perspective drawing to airbrushing to pottery was taught in that class and I had a blast learning all the different mediums.
One creative project was when we made full size Jack-O-Lanterns out of clay for Halloween. I had spent several days shaping and molding that lump of clay into the most detailed, hideous pumpkin I could dream up. When I was finished, my work was set on a shelf to dry before it was glazed and fired in the kiln.
Lo and behold, I come in to school one day to find my masterpiece deflated like a flat basketball. I’m no famous artist so I’m unsure of what I’d done to mess it up, but I had to go back to the potter’s wheel and start over. It took time, but eventually I came away with a slightly deformed piece of pottery that only barely resembled a Jack-O-Lantern.
Did you know that God, the Master Potter, can do the same in our lives? Like a potter shaping clay on a potter’s wheel, he shapes us into what he wants. And he doesn’t make mistakes like I did with my art project. This is the creator of the universe we’re talking about here. God formed man from the dirt of the ground (Genesis 2:7). He can mold and shape you into any vessel he so chooses. Let’s look at his word and see how God can mold us into perfection.
“The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”
I love reading that part in the passage that teaches that the potter will rework the clay. You see, the world around us and our sinful nature has spoiled us just as the potter’s clay becomes spoiled. But God comes in and molds you into something new (2 Corinthians 5:17). He works on you through his word, through his church and through your experiences to shape you into a Christ-like vessel. He even places his Spirit in you to help with the process.
Are you prepared to be reworked?
Are you willing to let him mold you?
Are you ready to be clay in the Potter’s hands?