Post 14: The Potter’s House ~ Jeremiah 18:1-10

The butterfly has long represented "a new creation" in Christ

Jeremiah Went Down to the Potter’s House…

…And the vessel the potter was making was spoiled, marred, unfit for use…  And the potter remade it as it seemed good to him. Quite a story!

This man was known as a potter; he owned a pottery wheel, and his house was referred to as “the potter’s house,” so we can assume he was a skilled potter, a craftsman… Yet the vessel he was making was marred, spoiled. This might have been something in the clay – a weak or vulnerable portion or mixture – rather than the potter’s skill. Perhaps the clay had too much sand (too rough and gritty?), too much water (watery?), was too thick and unwieldy (stiff?), or perhaps the color in the clay was off (dirty/unclean?) to what the potter desired for that vessel. OR, perhaps it was the potter’s skill. Perhaps he turned the wheel too quickly; perhaps his hands moved too slowly (or too fast) up or down the lump of clay; perhaps one or two of his fingers did not get exactly how he wanted them… the list goes on.

I don’t know much about pottery, so I can only guess or surmise why the vessel had to be remade. The scripture passage merely states that “the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the hands of the potter (verse 4.) It doesn’t really matter if it was the clay or the potter’s skill that caused the potter to decide to remake the vessel. The potter was not satisfied with it, so he reworked it; he remade it.

We are the vessels in the Master Potter’s hands. And yep, sometimes we have to be remade. That is what sin does to us. Generations of sins from the fall of man until now; we have sinned, and we have been sinned against; we have been influenced by sin, and we have been impacted by sin. As God grows us and shapes us, we are changed from imperfect, marred, “spoiled” vessels into vessels fit for His use. It is a process – a lifelong process!

O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? says the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel. ~ Jeremiah 18:6

It is only by His grace that we come unto salvation (that we get saved – ask Jesus into our hearts…) and become His. Then, and only by His grace, we get transformed and sanctified. The transforming sanctification is what turns us into vessels fit for His use.

We can become His glory vessels: From dirty, broken, spoiled, marred, useless, sin-filled vessels to vessels full of His Life, Truth, Love, and Holy Spirit; vessels fit for His use, vessels that promote God’s kingdom here on earth. We become vessels that bring Him honor – glory vessels! HIS glory!

It’s about manifesting HIS glory on the earth – for the furtherance (expansion) of His kingdom and the increase of His government on the earth. (See Isaiah 9:7) It’s about being His salt on the earth. It’s about being about our Father’s business. May His Kingdom come, may His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!

Becoming a glory vessel – a vessel fit for His use – is a process, a work in progress. It takes time; time in His presence, time in His Word, time in communication with Him, time in worship, and time with His people – fellowship with the Body of Christ. Sanctification is a process – a life-long process – of conviction, confession, cleansing, and renewal – interspersed with suffering, tribulation and, yes, persecution. It involves the Cross; yes, we must die to the fallen nature of sin that is so natural to us and rise to the new-to-us kingdom life! We must die to self, to pride; to selfish ambition and selfish gain, to self-indulgence and self-promotion, to self-will, self-centeredness, and selfish desire – to all self. As we die to self, we grow to desire Godly things and Godly attributes – like the Fruit of the Spirit and a heart after God. We become new creations in Christ.

All this is a process; all this is the Master Potter remaking us, the vessel, fit for His use. Oh, and don’t we want to be His glory vessels – vessels for Him, for God’s purposes, and for God’s kingdom!! We learn “precept upon precept” and “we are changed from glory to glory!” (Isaiah 28:10 and 2 Corinthians 3:18) And we become hungry for more of God!

It’s a funny thing, but the hungrier we are for God, and the more time we spend getting to know Him, the hungrier we are to spend even more time with Him. Deep calls to deep. It’s a growing process.

As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God… Roaring deep calls to roaring deep at the thunder of Your waterspouts… ~ Psalm 42:1-2a and 7a

For years, I prayed, “YOU are the Potter, Lord; I am the clay. Make me and mold me. Shape me into a vessel fit for Your glory.” God is honoring that prayer – not that it’s fun, but it is glorious!

Yet, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are the potter, and we are all the work of Your hand. ~ Isaiah 64:8

God is faithful.

 I am confident and sure of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will continue it until the day of Jesus Christ – perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. ~ Philippians 1:6

I pray that you are asking Him to make you into a vessel better fit for His use – a HIS Glory vessel – and that you trust Him to complete His good work in you! His promises are true. He will watch over His Word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12)

It is a choice. May it be YOUR choice! “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! ~ Joshua 24:15

Won’t you decree with me: We want You to (continue to) shape and mold us for Your use, Lord. We choose to cooperate with You. And we trust you to do this in our lives.

As the powerful words of the hymn “Have Thine Own Way” so eloquently and appropriately says

“Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way! Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Make me and mold me after Thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still.” ~ Adelaide Addison Pollard (1862-1934)

  1. You are so in touch with God’s leading, and I appreciate your sharing your dream. May God bless you and…

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