The Make and Use of Pots

“Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?” “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.”  “Can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.” Romans 9:21; 2 Timothy 2:21; Jeremiah 18:6

Sculpture was a favorite class own high school. For any project, the clay is kneaded to find and remove impurities and to prepare it to shape. To create an object, many techniques- rolling, pinching, hatching, layering, smoothing- are used. To ‘throw’ a vessel on the potter’s wheel, pressure is applied strongly and evenly from both outside and in until the desired shape is achieved. The properties of clay- malleable, re-workable-while-soft, ability to hold stain or glaze and stone-hard after firing- make it a substance of choice for an artist.


Over the course of our lives, as clay in the hands of the Divine Potter, He shapes and uses us for many different purposes. He consistently works impurities from us, and handles us with skilled care. While a pot that has been fired in a kiln cannot be reshaped, God calls us to remain soft in His hands, developed and utilized by Him in different roles and places in different seasons, or even different days. In service to our King, we may be His chalice of the wine of truth and life; or hold lively blooms of love and light at His gates, announcing His beauty, order, and care to all who seek Him; or be a vessel pouring living water on a weary invalid or thirsty seeker; or bear coins, or oil, or tinder for a variety of necessary uses in His kingdom. What He calls me to do today may not be what He intends for tomorrow.

O Lord, may I never forget that I am a pot. Keep me malleable in Your good and sovereign hands. May I be equally willing to do humble tasks as to hold Your light on a stand, to serve as cupbearer to the king as to keep flowers in the garden. You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. (Romans 12:16; Luke 8:16; Isaiah 64:8)

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