From the moment I was put into my parent’s arms, they intended to make sure I grew to understand the importance of serving God. As a result, I’ve lived a life of worship and service as long as I can remember. As a family, my husband and I made sure our children were given the same opportunity I had as a child. Our goal was to teach them that serving God doesn’t depend on anything except their personal heart response to the Holy Spirit at work in them—in all of us.
For several years we attended a wonderful church which had the words “Where Broken Vessels Are Made New” inscribed on the wall in front of the sanctuary. This message was a constant reminder that the Word of God is able to literally transform the heart of anyone willing to respond no matter how broken the heart, how ravaged the soul, or how hopeless the life. It’s the job of the Master Potter to take the broken vessel and make it new again—not just new but as if it had never been broken, totally transformed as a demonstration of the most perfect craftsmanship of the Master Potter.
Jeremiah 18:2 speaks of the potter’s house: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.”
The Master Potter works on each vessel individually to refine, to strengthen, to mend, to reshape and to prepare us to be the beautiful, useful, unique vessel He purposes us be.
It is His sovereign right to form our lives as He pleases. “As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.” Through circumstances, situations, and other influences in our life, He Himself sets the course for us, most often not the direction we would choose to go, but the direction He has planned and purposed for us. It is so awesome to realize that we are part of the Sovereign Creator’s master plan.
Isaiah penned the words that continue to be my personal prayer, especially when I feel myself resisting the work of the Master Potter: “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
We need not be dismayed when we feel the reworking of the Master Potter in our lives. Rather we should rejoice that His purposes are continuing to be accomplished as we remain submitted and pliable in the Master’s hands.
My desire, O Lord, is to be used of You, to please You, and to remain submitted to You all the days of my life. I submit to Your masterful work in my life as You mold me and make me after Your will. You are the Potter, and I am the clay … have Thine own way, Lord, have Thine own way! Amen!
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