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Saturday, April 25, 2015
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (KJV)
There are many times that Christians are compared to vessels, more commonly known as jars of clay. We are being formed at the potter’s wheel by the hands of the potter. Through trials and blessings God, the potter, is forming us into the people He wants us to become. Creating a vessel is a very long, thought out process. The piece must be shaped at the wheel and the potter’s hands must be in exactly the right position. So, if we try to get out from under God’s hands, we can end up deformed. However, as it says in Jeremiah 18:1-6, the potter can reform the marred pot. Once it’s shaped, in order to keep that shape it needs to be refined by fire. “For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver” (Psalms 66:10, NIV). The fiery trials that we go through in life are God’s way of refining us so we can become more purified and stronger vessels. When we try to struggle against the potter’s hands or escape the fire, we must remember that God is using that process for our good.