Get in Shape June 22
Isaiah 64: 8
But now, oh Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Christians tend to be skittish when it comes to this verse, and probably for good reasons. To be molded hurts; it's an arduous process. The process starts with softening the clay, and you are the clay, and God is the potter. But let's look at this process from Jesus's eyes. For most of us, Jesus has pursued us, planned and organized your entire life, positioning people to say or to do the right things at just the right moment. Jesus himself has probably approached you and asked you to serve Him at one time or another.
Finally, the day He waited for has come, you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour for the rest of your life, you've committed to the Lord, and now it's time to get serious about your gospel growth. After all that work, Jesus starts from scratch. He's the potter & you're the clay.
When I first accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I asked the Lord for a word that I needed, and He gave me this word: "Perseverance" I was shocked! I wanted miracles, not trials, the easy life. The difficulties came and never seemed to stop, I would get through one problem, and another harder one would come up.
Constantly I thought about giving up, walking away, and building that dream cabin in Alaska away from people because, honestly, people can cause a lot of hurt. I look back now, and I see the problems that were so difficult and the stress they caused and have experienced the same trials years later, but the second time around, the stress and worry weren't there. You see, the trials built faith and fortitude in me that God would see me through.
He molds you into a vessel whatever He desires, one for honor and one for dishonor. Here's where you get to help in the process; to become a vessel of honor, you must flee immorality.
Then comes the furnace; once you place the object in the fire, the beauty comes out. When you're going through the most challenging seasons of your life, acts of kindness and love bring out a remarkable beauty.
And, that is what God is looking for.
He is: Yaw-Tsar