Saturday, July 28, 2007

Absolute Lordship

Jer. 18.6 "Like Clay in the hand of the potter, so you are in my hand"

"It's my life... I can do what I want? Right?" WRONG.

Jeremiah learns this lesson clearly as he watches the artisan shape and form the clay. The Clay has no vision, no desires, no preferences and no agenda- unlike you and I. The Clay is shaped after an image that only the Potter can see. His handiwork will display that great work of art that is his vision for your life.

We like to complain about timing, and circumstances and difficulties but the Potter is the one who will shape us. His vision guides our lives and shapes our hearts. Learning to yeild to the Artisan's touch is the key. Listening to his voice is the soul work that we must do. Knowing that he is the Potter and we are the clay- that his vision - no matter how elusive or difficult or strange to our limited senses- that Divine vision of what we will be shapes us.

He shapes us for a destiny that he has envisioned. This is not small potatoes! It is the handcrafted wonderwork of God himself. You will be fitted and meet for his purpose as you understand that his Lordship shapes you.

God forgive our willful lives- our objections to your vision, which we have yet to see it is fulness. Guild our submission to the pressure of your hand, and the perfection of your eye. We submit to your Lordship- in Jesus' name. Amen.

1 comment:

rgeorge61 said...

James 4:17 seems to be what Gods uses when I think I will do what I want and detour around him. It says, Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins. I just finished a whirlwind of selling and long hours and was ready for a break and without notice we have 2 new programs to sell immediately. I am exhausted and would like to complain but it does no good. I would like to go home but I can't so the best thing I can do is to work as unto the Lord and to his glory. This builds character in me even when I don't want to learn the lesson but I need it whether I like it or not. I should be thankful I have a job and I need to realize this is the field of harvest I am working in and it should be a privilege. People are watching me each day to see how I live my life especially since they know I'm a christian. Does my attitude matter? Of course. In my weakness I find I'm not in control and thats what I need to realize more and more. If I were in control I wouldn't need Jesus. I can't shape my own life but when I trust in God I get to see him work in ways that are amazing. He takes my crazy life and brings order to it when I obey. When I obey! When I obey! When I obey! When I obey! I have to be a doer of the word and not just a hearer. I am far from perfect but I can't use that as an excuse to just do whatever I want. My life is not my own anymore. Being a christian is my real job 24/7. My other job just pays the bills.