Oh how many times I have cried out to the Lord, “Lord make me and mold me into your image! Have your way in me.” The Lord has heard me and is doing what I’ve asked.
When the potter begins to create, the clay is without form. They wet it, start spinning the wheel, then comes the pressing, pulling, pinching, and sometimes punches. It has to be painful if the clay could feel. Then it looks like the creation is almost complete. Then the potter picks up the clay, rolls it into a lump and starts over. I can imagine the clay yelling, “Wait a minute! You were done. I was just fine. Why?!!!” It wasn’t what the potter had in mind. It required a do over.
Isaiah 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.
God created us all for various purposes. We are created with what we need to reflect Jesus. Unfortunately when sin entered the earth our reflection was tarnished and requires some work by the potter to reflect who we were created to reflect. Now the potter will not start the work until we invite Him to do so. I believe part of it is because there will be some pressing, pinching and pulling involved and he doesn’t want the clay to get off the wheel too soon. When our shape is complete then it’s time for the kiln. Extreme heat is needed to set everything. But it won’t be nie unto death.
Proverbs 12:28 The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death.
I have some blemishes that the potter is needing to repair. I have given Him permission to put me on the wheel. There have been times when I almost allowed pride, rebellion and stubbornness to lead me off the wheel. And I’ve been tempted to accept my imperfections and say, “It’ll just have to be enough.” Then the Holy Spirit reminds me of,
James 4:7-8 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.
Ouch! Yes Lord, I will humble myself and allow you to complete the work.
We have a persistent enemy. An enemy who tempts us to rebell, disobey, and stand our ground. God requires us to be humble. Obey those in authority over us. Be willing to do what is uncomfortable because it pleases Him. Wash our hands and purify our hearts. It’s our responsibility.
Can I encourage you to invite the Lord to put you on the wheel? Once he places you there stay on it until He’s done. It will take a while. You will be tempted to settle. Please don’t. God has put in you what you need to be who he purposed you to be. You will not be fulfilled until you’re doing what’s in you to do.
Phillipians 1:6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished in the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Stay on the wheel!