Randy Bayne

3 Lessons from the Potter and Clay

Molding clay

Thoughts on the potter and clay

This morning I’m thinking about being clay. It only seems reasonable since that is all I am, all we are. Clay in the hands of the potter.

Imagine if the clay said to the potter, “You have gifted me in such and such an area, so that is what I will be.” Or, “This is where my natural talents tend, so mold me for use as…”

That’s what we do, isn’t it?

We tell the potter how we are to be made, how we are to be molded. “Don’t push so hard here. Make a nice design there. Give me a little more on this side. Take away that over there.”

That’s not the way it works. He, our sovereign God, is the potter. We are the clay (Isaiah 64:8). How dare we give him direction and tell him how we are to be molded and fashioned. We are his workmanship, created to do the good works He has prepared for us. The Potter knows our strengths and weaknesses, our talents and liabilities. He created them within us, along with our passions. Trust Him. He will surely mold you into a vessel that is fit for what He created you to be.

Potter and Clay
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The purpose of clay is to be molded

Clay has one purpose. To be molded.

Imagine now if the clay said to the potter, “Have your way with me. Make me what you will that I may do that which you have prepared me for.”

Clay that does not submit to molding is of no use. In order to be what we are meant to be in God’s grand design, the Potter and clay must work together in the the potter’s hands. This requires submission from the clay. It involves being molded and formed to the potter’s will. Squeezed and broken, reshaped and reformed, until eventually the perfect vessel is formed. Then the clay is subjected to the fiery kiln. The intense heat of the kiln hardens and strengthens the clay to make it fit for the Master’s use. The result is a vessel pleasing to both the potter and clay.

God is not limited to working with our strengths (2 Cor. 12:9-10). He is able to mold us into that instrument he desires so that we may accomplish what He wants as obedient vessels filled with the Holy Spirit.

Are you ready to be molded?

I have three thoughts about the potter and the clay as I close.

  1. We tend toward missing out on the Potter’s best by telling Him what to make us into.
  2. Clay’s singular purpose is to be molded, and if clay does not submit it is rendered useless.
  3. As we submit to the Master’s touch, we are made into beautiful vessels for His purpose.

I will ask again: Are you ready to be molded? Feel free to leave a comment and continue the discussion.

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