God Looks for Clay
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“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the
LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My
hand, O house of Israel!
God knows how to bring salvation to your family, your friends, your
community, and your world. Accordingly, He looks for those who will
allow Him to shape them into the instruments He requires to do His
divine work. Clay has no plans of its own, no aspirations for service,
nor reluctance to perform its given task. It is just clay. Moldable,
pliable, totally submissive to the will of its master.
At times we excitedly announce to God: “I’ve discovered my strengths
and gifts, and now I know how I can best serve You!” At other times we
inform Him, “I am aware of what my weaknesses are, so I know which
tasks I’m not capable of doing for You.” Yet this is not
characteristic of clay. God is not limited to working with our
strengths (2 Cor. 12:9–10). He can mold us into whatever kind of
instrument He requires. When God’s assignment demands humility, he
finds a servant willing to be humbled. When His work requires zeal, He
looks for someone He can fill with His Spirit. God uses holy vessels,
so He finds those who will allow Him to remove their impurities. It is
not a noble task, being clay; nothing boastworthy, except that it is
exactly what almighty God is looking for. Compliant, moldable, yielded
If your tendency is to tell the Father what you can_and cannot do for
Him, submit to His agenda and allow Him to shape you into the person
He wants you to be. Like clay.
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