“Go down to the potter’s house, where I will give you my message.” So I went there and saw the potter working at his wheel. Whenever a piece of pottery turned out imperfect, he would take the clay and make it into something else.
Jeremiah 18:2-4 GNB
My BC ( Before Christ) Life
There was a time in my BC life when I didn’t care about my afterlife! I had given the evil one complete reign over my life and was satisfied with him taking control. Totally unbothered as to whether I was escorted to hell or slid through the gates of heaven, I lived haphazardly. Like a pack of cards, I shuffled my chances in life with the hope of just acing it in the end.
If you’re reading this and this person sounds like you, please don’t stop reading!
Why did I live my life in such a risky way?
I always felt that God was looking for a perfect person! I lived most of my BC Life with the belief that I had to have it all together before I became a Christian. I felt that this was an impossible task, therefore, why even attempt to let God in.
How could I ever stop telling lies? How could I ever be good enough? How could I ever be a submissive wife? What would people think of me? How could I ever change? Tonight, God wants to tell you that it is impossible for you to do any of the above on your own. Almighty God, The Potter, will shape and mould you into the person He wants you to become.
“Go down to the potter’s house, where I will give you my message.” So I went there and saw the potter working at his wheel. Whenever a piece of pottery turned out imperfect, he would take the clay and make it into something else. Jeremiah 18:2-4 GN
Like wet clay, we are placed in God’s hands, vulnerable and dependent on Him. It is the Potter who knows what that finished product should look like, therefore with patience He will mould that clay until it becomes perfect in His eyes. Clay remains just clay without the Potter, totally weak in nature, easily shattered if not completely formed. Therefore, we must always remain in his hands. We must always be connected to God, until His work is done.
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.
John 15:5 GNB
My Christian Life
I was at my desk one morning when my manager popped up out of nowhere. Totally unexpected she asked me a question and I responded by lying. It didn’t take a second before I realised what I had done and my heart ached. I was left with a feeling of great disappointment! I could not believe that I gave the evil one an opportunity to be joyful. In the blink of an eye, I found myself in the ladies room asking God’s forgiveness.
“If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Following this revelation, I informed my mother that I was not the best person to be dependent on in life or death situations. If I were to lie to save anyone, I would be visiting my family in prison.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8
I am sharing this with you to show you that Christian or not, we will fall short. There will be a time when we will sin, but life does not end here. However, this is the perfect opportunity for the enemy to tell you that you are not good enough. This is what he does! The enemy wants you to continue to sin, so he will tell you these lies. The beautiful thing about being a child of God is that you are no longer a slave to sin.
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin. Romans 6:6
Your focus is now on getting rid of those sinful ways, now that they have been highlighted, instead of continuing to sin. We may still have sinful desires and temptations because there is always a constant battle between the desires of the Spirit and the flesh. However, our ultimate goal is to resist the evil one and live according to God’s desires. We can only do this by submitting to God (James 4:7). It is also refreshing to know that we have a Helper who will teach us how to become Christlike.
The Work of the Holy Spirit
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.
John 14:26 GNB
Yes, this is what the Holy Spirit does! The teaching of the Holy Spirit is specific. You would just know that you have done something wrong and no one needs to tell you. You will also know when you have done something right. More importantly, this is the Potter’s way of highlighting those areas which He will be working on.
Our God is not all “doom and gloom” though. God does not intend for you to dwell on the weaknesses of your life, God wants you to see how far you have come as well.
God intends to begin this good work in you and will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 GNB
So, last week I may have lied to my manager, this week I understand that there is no need for me to lie. Last week I became extremely distressed, this week I am growing stronger because my faith has increased. Last week, I didn’t do so well in one area, but this week I obeyed another commandment. You get the hang of it 🙂
Today I rejoice in where I am, because I know I am not the person I used to be. I know that I am a work in progress until God shapes me into the person I ought to be. We are not made perfect overnight 🙂
Tonight, if you are reading this and you are feeling that this message is speaking to you, God is calling you.
Maybe you’re reading this and you are thinking of that addiction that has kept you in bondage for so many years or you are worried that others will judge you. Please do not worry, only God can judge you.
Tonight, I don’t know what is stopping you from following Christ, but please understand that God is not looking for a perfect person. He is longing for a heart that is willing to follow him. Is this your heart? If so, this is a calling for you. Open your hearts and let him in. God is ready and always waiting.
People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart ( 1 Samuel 16: 7).
May God bless your heart.