It is not you that shapes God,
It is God that shapes you.
If you are the work of God,
await the hand of the artist who does all things in due season.
Offer him your heart, soft and tractable,
and keep the form in which the artist has fashioned you.
Let your clay be moist, lest you grow hard and lose the imprint of his fingers.
–Attributed to St. Irenaeus
2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV
We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
So the Treasure is in the earthen vessel, but if the earthen vessel is not broken, who can see the Treasure within? What is the final objective of the Lord’s working in our lives? It is to break this earthen vessel, to break our alabaster box, to crack open our shell. The Lord longs to find a way to bless the world through those who belong to Him. Brokenness is the way of blessing, the way of fragrance, the way of fruitfulness, but it is also a path sprinkled with blood. Yes, there is blood from many wounds. When we offer ourselves to the Lord to be at His service, we cannot afford to be lenient, to spare ourselves. We must allow the Lord utterly to crack our outward man, so that He may find a way for His out working. – Watchman Nee, The Release of the Spirit
We are strong at the broken places because we know that God is not finished with us yet. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,” the Lord said to the prophet (Jeremiah 1:5). The word for “to form” in Hebrew is also the word “potter”. In other words, God formed us, and God is still forming us. God created us, but God is not finished with us. I love this comment attributed to John Newton: “I’m not what I ought to be. I’m not what I want to be. But thank God, I’m not what I used to be!”
– Kenneth H. Carter Jr., Pray for Me
Blessing: Rest in Jesus
We are seen and we are searched
No need to harden your defenses
No need to hide
It changes nothing
All that is found is loved
The blessings and the brokenness
The wins and the worry
The success and the sin
All is found and all is loved
Rest in this promise and blessing
Rest in Jesus
Release it all
Surrender to your Beloved
As clay to the Potter
As song to the Singer
As seed to the good, dark earth
buried, but made ready
to burst forth with New Life
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Surrendering to God, as Clay to the Potter
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