Monday, October 12, 2009

The Potter's Wheel

Yesterday at church we had a husband and wife ministry team come and give us a demonstration of how to mold clay into something beautiful and useful like a jar or pot or bowl. The husband was the potter and the wife sang and they both preached. Their stories and testmonies were awesome and quite moving. A couple of reallly cool things stood out to me.

  • You can be a Christian but refuse to get on the potter's wheel. You can be saved but because you invoke your God-given free will to do as you please, you never allow God to mold you and change you.

  • The potter's wheel is made of stone. It is a rock. In the Bible, Jesus is referred to as a rock, and unless you build your life upon Him, your life is in vain. So, jump on the Rock!

  • In order to soften the hard clay, the potter must pour water on it. Not once but over and over again all through the process. In the Bible, God's Word and Spirit are referred to as living water. In other words, you can be on the Rock, but if you're not reading the Word of God daily and immersing yourself in His Spirit, you'll remain hard and unyielding.

  • As the potter began to work, he leaned into the pot. He embraced it with his whole body. He sprayed water on his arms and neck and coat and then wrapped himself around the piece of clay he was forming, getting wet and dirty in the process. It was such a perfect picture of God's love for us, it brought tears to my eyes. Whatever you're going through--whatever He's allowing in your life to mold you, He's right there with you! He's embracing you! He's holding you up, and He's getting dirty right along with you!

  • After the potter formed the shape he wanted, then he began to dig out all the rotten clay that was in the center of the pot. He had to dig way down deep into the pot and drag out all the junk that shouldn't be there. That's our rotten, filthy hearts! God has to dig deep down and get out all the sin, all the weakness, all the old clay from the old man in order for us to be useful. Can anyone use a pot that doesn't have a clean, open inside?

  • When he was all done, a beautiful, sparkling vase appeared that looked nothing like the original clump of clay. Now, the vessel can be used by the potter for great things!!

God has a GREAT plan for each one of us. But whether we ever achieve what He hopes for us is completely up to us. We have to surrender. We have to hop on the potter's wheel. We have to allow God to change us, mold us and get all the junk out of us. It's painful. It's time consuming and some of the time, you'll want to scream and quit. But in the end, wouldn't you rather fulfill you destiny and be used by God Almighty to do GREAT things for His Kingdom???? Or would you rather Him set your half-finished bulky lump of clay on a shelf?


  1. Thank you, I needed this message, there are tears in my eyes as I write this. I have had a really hard morning, submitting to the changes that need to be made in my life, this was just what I needed to hear to continue to push me forward.

  2. That was a very interesting way of looking at it. I never thought of it like that. I would love for God to use me for great things. At times it is hard, but I am close to Him and want to be.

  3. I have never seen it that way. Great post! [=

  4. I always have known that God is the potter and we are the clay, He molds us in the shape He wants us to be, but sometimes we just crumble and fall but if we will just call on His name He will bring up back up
    Praise the name of Jesus


  5. That must have been awesome to watch. The visual will stay with you always! :O)