Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

06/19/2019

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We Are The Work Of His Hand

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

 A couple collecting teacups entered the store; sighting a beautiful cup, the lady asked, "Could I see this cup up closer?" As the merchant handed her the cup, it began to talk: "I haven't always been a teacup, I was once just a piece of red clay.

 

 One day the Potter wet me, slapped me, rolled me, and placed me on a spinning wheel. Wow, it made me dizzy! I begged Him to stop, but He wouldn't. He just said– Not Yet...

 

 Then, when I thought I could stand no more, He placed me in an oven. I thought, I'm gonna burn up in here! I mean it was hot beyond your imagination. I kicked the door yelling "Stop! Stop! Please stop!" I could see His lips move, saying – Not Yet...

 

 He finally took me out, let me cool, but then He opened a can of paint and started brushing it on me. The fumes were horrible; I began to gag and become sick all over. I begged Him to stop! He said – Not Yet...

 

 Before I knew it, I was placed in another oven, seven times hotter than the previous. I begged, pleaded, I screamed, and cried, asking why, why me? But again through the opening I saw Him shake His head saying – Not Yet...

 

 Then it happened, the door opened, and I was placed on a shelf to cool. In a couple of days the Potter brought a mirror and said, look at yourself, You are beautiful... I Was!!

 

 Then He told me, I know it hurt to be wetted, rolled, patted, spun, and placed in an oven; but if I had stopped, you would have remained a clump of clay. I had to place you in the oven so you wouldn't crumble. I painted you to be colorful all your life. The second oven was to harden you for life.

 

  Indeed, God knows what He's doing with each of us. He is the Potter, we are the clay: "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls" (1 Peter 1.6-9).

 

  Think about it church, are we resisting God's Molding Shaping Hand? Or are we giving in to His shaping us into His instrument of righteousness?