One of the Scriptures for this coming Sunday is: Jeremiah 18:1-4:
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
I thought about this passage this week as I passed by one of the pottery shops here in town. A skilled potter can take a raw medium and form it, mold it, create from it a beautiful piece of art … that is not only beautiful … but is also useful. But, as the passage says, if somehow the vessel that the potter is creating is marred … the potter can reshape, remake, recreate the vessel into a new creation that isn’t flawed and thus is made new and useful.
So with this being said we look at 2 Corinthians 5:17: So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived! We are just like the lump of clay in the masterful hands of the potter; made new, and made beautifully.
So many times I catch myself falling back into my old habits of living. I use this catchphrase often: I wasn’t always a pastor. And it is true. I have many skeletons in my closet and sometimes they really want to come out into the light and play. I think we all do. But, as a new creation … as a married vessel that has been recreated into the image/example of Jesus … we continue on as a beautiful/useful recreation.
If you haven’t been told this (or if you have been told but don’t yet believe it) – You are beautifully and wonderfully made, you are important and you are loved and needed. Set aside your imperfections, close the door on your closet full of skeletons, look toward the example of Christ and live the rest of your life to its fullest.
From one cracked pot to another … Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,
– Pastor Roy