We become new vessels under potter’s hand


A Stream Of Faith
By Charles E. Westbrook

“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father, we are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” — Isaiah 64:8 NIV

Our scripture is about a potter working with his clay. Each time he ruined a piece, he would put it aside for the trash. The broken pieces would go to the trash. The story goes that someone came along and asked if he could have the pieces. This person wanted to take the pieces and turn them into something new and beautiful. The pieces were picked up and made into something that was reshaped and a changed model. This person wanted to make something broken and turn it into something new; maybe  a piece of art.

You see we are all broken in a pile of rubble and ready to be thrown away. We need to be reshaped just like God wants us to be. He got us from the potter and He knew that He could reshape us and make us something new. God sent someone who could help us change our lives and make something new of us. He knew that we needed help. Only God could help us by taking the pieces and reshaping us and allowing us to be reshaped.

The person who wanted the pieces was Jesus Christ. He knew that by taking the pieces He could turn them into something beautiful. Jesus Christ is the potter and each of us is the clay. He wants to make a new person out of us and call us a new piece of art. As He takes us in His hands, He makes something new of us; we are changed by Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ has purchased our sinful lives with His life.

When He saw the potter working, Jesus wanted and loved us. He wanted to rebuild our lives and belong to Him. He took our broken lives and turned them into something new.

Are ready to be picked up and rebuilt? Jesus is ready to pick you up and make you a brand new person. We all have broken lives that we need repaired. Jesus is ready to help us because He loves and wants to save our lives.

Where are you sitting? In the rubble waiting for Jesus Christ to pick you up and rebuild you? It's a question that only you can answer. Don't just lay there; let Jesus Christ pick you up and work with you.

Westbrook is a member of Pearl United Methodist Church and a regular contributor to the “Advocate.”