"He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6
God chose you, called you, declared you not guilty, and is now glorifying you. Sometimes, we think that God can't possibly make us to be like Jesus, But, He can because He is God. He can and He will, it's a promise.
It's vey interesting to watch a master potter at work, especially if you can track the whole process of making a single bowl. First, he prepares the clay, which involves wetting it, beating it, cutting it, and kneading it over and over again. It often takes a total of several hours over two or three days to make the clay just right.
When the clay is ready, the potter places it on a wheel that spins while he presses on it to make the shape emerge. He pushes and pulls and cuts and carves until the shape he has in mind emerges. Then, he sets it on a shelf for a few days to dry before firing it.
The firing process is usually done in two stages. The first stage hardens the clay so that it isn't so fragile while the artist applies the glaze. After the first firing, the potter applies glaze to the bowl. The glaze is very thin clay with chemicals that will change into beautiful colors as they melt. At this point, the piece still looks like some carefully shaped and hardened dirt. The final firing heats the bowl to over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes the bowl very hard and durable. It also reveals the colors and designs the potter has applied to the surface. Only after the clay has been beaten, shaped, stretched, and fired, can we see the beauty that was in the mind of the potter from the very beginning.
Remember that God is the master potter of your life. He planned, prepared, and organized every part of who you are and what you will experience so that He can reveal the beauty He has in mind. He will keep on working, forgiving, and training you throughout your whole life. He will keep the heat on when it's needed. But, He'll also give you times of rest and peace.
The most important facts in all of life are these: God loves you and there is nothing that can keep Him from making you perfect and complete. When you stand before Him in heaven one day, all the beauty He built into your character will be clearly seen. Don't be surprised when you realize that you look very much like Jesus, the glorious Son of God.
1. How does it make you feel to know that your life is not an accident?
2. What will you do differently in your life knowing this truth?
3. What is one thing in your life that you need to trust God with?
Posted on Mon, May 9, 2011
by John Hill