Molded by the Master
If I’m in the car at 12:30 p.m., I listen to Charles Stanley for a half hour. Recently, he was talking about potters and how they work the clay on their wheel.
As a traditional preacher does, Charles Stanley organizes his sermon with six “P”s – there’s Power in creating, there is a specific Purpose to what he is doing, the Plan is to mold, the potter is not in a hurry – there is Patience, there is Perseverance as he shapes and reshapes but never wastes the clay and lastly, there is a Personal touch – the potter leans into his work and never creates two identical pieces of work.
God is the Potter and we are the clay – all He wants is our yielded lives. His gentle touch, His stronger pressure on different parts of our lives – reminds me of a poem that I memorized years ago.
Written by Irenaues from the 2nd Century.
From God’s Hands
It is not you who shape God;
it is God that shapes you.
If then you are the work of God,
await the hand of the Artist
who does all things in due season.
Offer the Potter your heart,
soft and tractable,
and keep the form in which
the Artist has fashioned you.
Let your clay be moist,
lest you grow hard and lose
the imprint of the Potter’s fingers.
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
1. Do you wait for the hand of the Artist on your life or do you push forward on your own?
2. Do you feel that your heart is soft and malleable for the Potter’s touch or have you hardened your heart?
3. Are you settled in the way God has made you?
speak truth: 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