DID YOU KNOW? God Wants to Mold You.
Read: Ephesians 1:15-23
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
I took a pottery class in high school. I always marveled at the works of one of my classmates, who made the most beautiful clay vases. Starting with nothing but a big blob of clay, he would patiently and diligently sit at the wheel, using his hands to mold and shape his masterpiece–no matter how long it took. I, on the other hand, was guilty of taking my blob of clay off the wheel too soon, only to watch it crumble after it went into the firing kiln!
This reminded me of God’s handiwork in us, as His children. We are the “blobs” of clay that He wants to carefully mold and shape into His masterpieces, “to do good works” which He has already prepared in advance for us to do. But all too often, my life mirrors that of my own poor pottery skills. As the clay, I am not patient enough to stay on the potter’s wheel until the potter has finished His work!
We all have sinful habits, flaws and weaknesses that God wants to “smooth out” with His own hands. It might be painful at times, but God wants to work out the problem areas so that we may live out His plans to the fullest. And He wants us to pay close attention to what He’s doing, even to ask specifically to show us what needs to be worked on and how He wants to work on that area. Only then will we become the beautiful and useful masterpieces He intended us to be.
Dear Lord, thank you that You want to mold and conform me to the image of Your son, Jesus. Open my eyes so that I may see what I need to change. Please help me to stay on Your pottery wheel until You are finished with me, so that I may be ready for all the works You have prepared in advance for me to do. Amen.
*Take-away Treasure: What kind of shape is your “blob” in right now? Are there areas that God wants to continue molding to His image? What are they?