Jello or Clay; You Decide

 

The Bible describes believers as clay in the potter’s hand, in God’s hands. Often I’ve found I’m more like jello than clay. I yield a little at first, but soon I’m resisting. I think this is one of the many ways we fight against God. Often we probably don’t even notice we are doing it, our selfish desires, our preconceptions, our pride, our ego, our greed or lust, or even just our resistance to change or growth, our fears; any of these can cause us to resist God’s transformation of our lives.

 

How do we stop? What is the path back to God?

1 Rest, seek, pray & trust more.

2 Try less & yield more.

 

Potter & Clay Verses:

 

NLT Is 29;16 How foolish can you be? He is the Potter , and he is certainly greater than you, the clay ! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?

 

NLT Is 45;9 “What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’ 10 How terrible it would be if a newborn baby said to its father, ‘Why was I born?’ or if it said to its mother, ‘Why did you make me this way?’ ” 11 This is what the LORD says— the Holy One of Israel and your Creator: “Do you question what I do for my children? Do you give me orders about the work of my hands?

 

NLT Is 64;8 And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay , and you are the potter . We all are formed by your hand.

 

NLT Jer 18;1-9 The Potter and the Clay 1 The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, 2 “Go down to the potter ‘s shop, and I will speak to you there.” 3 So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. 4 But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. 5 Then the LORD gave me this message: 6 “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay ? As the clay is in the potter ‘s hand, so are you in my hand. 7 If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, 8 but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned. 9 And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom, 10 but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would.

 

NLT Rom 9;20-21 No, don’t say that. Who are you, a mere human being, to argue with God? Should the thing that was created say to the one who created it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn’t he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into?

 

NLT 2 Cor 4;7-12 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. 11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.

 

I think the key is better understanding/accepting the assignment we have been given.

 

2 Tim 2;15-26 Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 16 Avoid worthless, foolish talk that only leads to more godless behavior. 17 This kind of talk spreads like cancer, as in the case of Hymenaeus and Philetus. 18 They have left the path of truth, claiming that the resurrection of the dead has already occurred; in this way, they have turned some people away from the faith. 19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The LORD knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the LORD must turn away from evil.” 20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay . The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. 22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. 23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

 

Application/Summary:

 

Our Job:

1. correctly explain the word of truth – Avoiding worthless, foolish talk

2. turn away from evil – keep yourself pure,

3. Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. -Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace.

4. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

5. be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.

6. We explain the Gospel – and trust that it is God’s job to change people’s hearts, to free them from the devil’s trap.

 

Prayer:

Dear God,

 

Please keep us from resisting you. Help us to quickly recognize and submit to your will. Your Word calls us to turn from our selfish desires, to seek your wisdom, to do your will, and to follow your lead. Please keep us from trying to do things our old ways, and guide us to do things your way. Help us to accurately explain and apply your Word (Avoiding worthless, foolish talk); turning away from evil (keeping ourselves pure, & pursuing righteous living); enjoying the companionship of pure hearted believers; being kind to everyone (able to teach, and be patient with even difficult people); and following your call to spread the Gospel. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Glenn

 

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