In Order. Be A Little Squishy.
August 12, 2017. Jeremiah 18-22.
No one wants to be called squishy or malleable, but sometimes being those things can help form you into something great. The Lord explains to Jeremiah how He is able to shape and form those who follow Him into whatever He sees fit.
18:6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.
Now it is important to identify what kind of pottery you are and what your next step looks like.
First, you could be just a lump of clay. Maybe you have never taken the step of faith and given your life to Christ. If that is you, imagine you are a mound of clay that the Lord is just waiting to use to create something incredible (like an ice cream bowl shaped like a cloud because how enjoyable would it be eating ice cream out of a cloud?). If you are the unformed piece of pottery, do not wait to begin your adventure with Christ. Surrender your life to Christ today and let the heart and life transformation begin.
Maybe you have already given your life to Christ and He has been sculpting you into a new creation, but you are having a difficult time with how others are scrutinizing your new form. You are not alone. Jeremiah struggled with what his own people thought of him while he was carrying out the Lord’s instructions. He said:
20:7 You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived;
you overpowered me and prevailed.
I am ridiculed all day long;
everyone mocks me.
20:18 Why did I ever come out of the womb
to see trouble and sorrow
and to end my days in shame?
Not everyone is going to appreciate the kind of pot you have become. God does not promise that a life spent following after Him will win you the most friends, but it does win you the greatest friend of all.
Finally, are you a used-to-be pot? You had given your life to Christ, slowly been forming into a pot, and then just ended up flinging yourself off the potter’s wheel and colliding with the ground? If you feel broken, despised, or as if no one could ever want you - there is still hope. God is a forgiving God to those who repent. Those parts of your life that just seem too shattered to ever be repaired again can be made whole only through the love of Christ. Get back on God’s potter wheel today. Let Him mend every crack and splinter in your life and set you on the path He has intended for you.
Whatever phase of the potter’s wheel you are on, remember who The Potter is and how good He is. Trust in His love for you are His desire for good for your life. Be a little squishy today and see how God begins to shape you!