Who is the Clay?
No I’m not referring to Harry Potter,
God is the Potter.
We are the clay,
He formed us.
He molded us.
He made us.
He decorated us.
He provides life for us.
Have you seen how pottery is made?
My mom used to make ceramic pots and the likes. She’s very talented. It takes a lot of work. Lots of patience, discipline, dedication and passion.
You need patience.
One wrong turn and of you go too fast you end up with mush.
Last thing you want is a glob of mush, or clay splattered all over.
When you take delicate care in guiding the mass, you begin to shape your desired object.
After a while your object begins to take form.
You keep spinning.
You keep guiding.
You want a perfect creation.
Once you get to the right consistency or shape… you can then begin to get technical with some of the details.
Again patience is needed.
This exactly how God creates us.
When he created Adam and Eve, he embodies these traits. We are images of him.
Prior to succumbing to sin mankind was the grand jewel, the perfect creation, made by his very hand.
When we succumbed to sin the perfect pottery gained cracks, in some instances had gaping holes and others, well ever felt completely shattered.
Sometimes we feel spiritually cracked, shattered or even feel like we have a great hole spiritually. God loves us, he sent his only son for us. To show that despite the cracks and holes, we are perfect in his eyes.
God was precise when he created us, he was patient, dedicated, focused, determined and loving. He created the perfect being.
He could just have said…”let there be man” and man would’ve appeared, in the way he said “let there be light” and then there was light.
He formed us, molded us, decorated us to his very own masterpiece.
We should use delicate care.
God was and is all the above with us.
Our spiritual growth includes many things.
Read the word, study it, analyze it and apply the word in your life.
Share, preach… share the word.
Practice. Practice what your preaching.
Lead by example.
Love, love all, love with all your might.
Take delicate care not to malnourish your soul.
We need to lead by Gods example.
He set the bar many, centuries ago.
Over 2000 years ago his son Jesus set the bar as to how to achieve spiritual growth with our father.
The blueprint to spiritual growth is found in your Bible.
Trust in the Lord, be confident and patient until the arrival of Christ.
Philippians 1:6, NKJV. “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”
Jesus is the source of that growth continue to trust in him.
Colossians 2:6-7, TLB. “And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust Him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with Him. Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all He has done.”
Persevere, love and be good to one another.
2 Peter 1:5-8, NIV. “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Remember he is our source, without him we cannot flourish.
John 15:4-5, NKJV. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
Stay connected, how do you stay connected? Read the Bible. John 5:39, NKJV. “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.”
Learn, learn from our histories take refuge in his word to guide you as you move forward.
Romans 15:4, NKJV. “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
Submit to the lord, so he can guide your heart, mind and soul with understanding.
Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Father I thank you for being the Potter of mankind. Creating us on your image. Thank you that despite the cracks in my soul for loving me. I ask you to continue to guide me so I can have spiritual growth with you. Continue to be the Potter to my spiritual growth. Mold me, guide me direct me.