The process of maturing spiritually, of growing in the ways of the Lord Jesus Christ and the renewing of our minds, as well as the changing old and destructive habits is sometimes referred to as “The Potter and the Clay process”. When you think about it, it really makes sense. Here’s what the Bible has to say about it: Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O Lord, You are our Father, we are the clay, and You are our Potter, and all we are is the work of Your Hand.”
It is in His loving Hands that He formed us in our mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13-16 “For You formed my inward parts, You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your Works, and that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your Eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”
We were unaware of it, but He was The Potter even then, gently forming every personal aspect of us including but not limited to our intellect/mind, soul, height, eye color, personality, and importantly, our spirit; it’s not all genetics. He was caring for us before we were yet formed and continues to care for each of us.
There is amazing treasure in these ordinary, sometimes clumsy, cracked, overturned and misshaped clay pots that we call our “lives”.
As we mature in our Christian walk, we begin to notice more details surrounding us and within us. There is a sensitivity that is awakened, a spiritual discernment that unless we are acting on it, we are not growing. We hunger for and desire to be in His Word at least daily, and starve ourselves of essential nutrition is we do not. He is the Bread of Life, His Word is our bread of life because God inspired His Word for us to grow in, to be nourished by, to feast upon! We give the Potter more clay to work, because our spiritual gifts grow when we are well nourished in Him.
Matthew 4:4 “But He answered and said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of God.”
John 6:27 “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man (Jesus) will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” In other words, as we move beyond the milk diet of baby Christians, we stop placing our primary emphasis on our works for God, and on God’s works (signs) for us and instead place singular focus on believing and trusting in the One Whom God sent. Jesus is the real heavenly Bread, the true life-sustaining power; anything else, regardless of its worldly or religious significance in the past or present, is an inadequate substitute.
Once we have digested the milk of His Word; the foundations of our faith, the truths and historical events, acknowledging His infinite love for us, and our love for Him that grows the more we develop relationship with God Almighty, the realization that this is the “real deal” and not some hyped, feel-good, seeker-friendly group of Bible-thumpers sets in. Let it get a good hold, now, you will need it so cherish it. The spiritual dimension that surrounds us (often in great intensity) is a greater reality than the “reality” we see day to day. We are told to develop our faith, our relationship with the Triune God, to cast out demons, to feed the hungry, to love our enemies, and to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every nation. Now we allow the fruit of our faith to shine, and follow Him. We willingly submit to His leading and allow Him to use us.
When I first became a Christian and heard other believers talking about being “used by God”, it left a bad taste in my mouth because I was viewing their words as a non-believer would view it. Being “used” by someone held only negative connotations for me, who wants to willingly go get used by someone? I was thinking like a baby Christian.
Oh the joy of being used by God! The sense of pleasure, accomplishment, of being a faithful servant, of knowing you are doing HIS WORK, what an awesome privileged! That He would trust little old me to do this task, to be His Hand, to be a proxy, handmaiden for some purpose well beyond what I see on the surface? WOW! What’s truly freeing is, that I’m not out there doing His works in my own meager strength, with my own insufficient, stumbling words, but by HIS power and enablement. It is mission impossible without His guidance and enablement through His Holy Spirit, it’s all stubble and chaff, useless to Him because it’s works of the flesh when He is uninvited or honored in the project or task at hand.
What an absolute honor to be a useful man or woman of God! Yes, use me Lord, let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Grow me up, grow me in more of You. I want to feel Your Heartbeat, that which moves You.
Allow me to serve You, help me to maintain integrity of heart and to keep my meddling fingers out of the ever-forming clay.
This is my sincerest of prayers, for Your honor and glory Lord God.