Yeilding to the potter.

Posted: December 20, 2012 in Christian Ethics

Jeremiah 18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand,Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it. (NIV)
There is a lovely song called “The Potters Hand”, but it’s a dangerous song, it’s a song, that when sung 100% opens you up to being broken. Reshaped and moulded into your true self. But this moulding can only come through brokenness, the more I think about it the simpler it becomes. It’s as if unless you yield yourself to God to be broken, you cannot journey to being your true self.

Peter, for instance, the Rock, who denied Christ, he was broken, but became a centre piece of the church.

Abraham, with Isaac, was broken as he carried his Son to offer him as a sacrifice.

If you are feeling broken today, you may be in the process of being moulded. You may be well on the way to finding the true you. For me that brokenness also involved accepting my own sexuality and discovering how God, who lowers down unclean food for Peter to eat, is the master of who he accepts or rejects, and this acceptance or rejection is not based on how you look, your sexuality, your gender or feelings that you are in the wrong gender. It is based on you, just you, coming to Christ, Just as I am without one plea.

I’m still a work in progress. But I think, a better one.

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