Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalms 101, 109; Romans 8:1-11; John 6:27-40

Just as the potter uses his hands to shape his clay into a useful object, like a vase, so does God shape each of us so that we can be used for his purpose. It’s not unusual for a potter to begin shaping his clay and then realize that it is not turning out the way he wanted or the way he needs it to be. So it is with God and us. Even though we have been faithful and active in his ministry, God may see changes that need to be made within us. The ways that he can make those changes occur come in many forms.

God can touch our hearts through experiences with other people. Activities such as mission trips, outreach projects, community service, and youth ministry. By helping others in need and by allowing others to help us when we are in need, we can enable God to shape our lives to better serve him.

God can change our ways by helping us endure hardships in our own lives. These can take on many forms: changing jobs, marital problems, family issues, sickness. God promises to give us the strength and guidance to overcome any adversity, and through the experience he can mold us even more in his likeness.

All of us are the clay that God tries to mold into a beautiful vessel of his choosing, like a vase for bright spring flowers. But we must put our trust in him and allow him to mold us into that vase. We have to open our hearts so that God may come in and shape us. We must be willing to give ourselves to him and to rely on him. Give thanks to God each day for providing us the opportunities to better understand his will and desire for us. He has a glorious plan for each of us, and it is wonderful beyond our imagination. Allow him to shape and reshape you, so that like the flower vase, you too can display the beauty, grace, and love that come from our magnificent God.

Peter Hart

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