The Potter and the Clay

The reason we submit
The reason we surrender

What is ‘surrender’?
1) I’ll do what I want and don’t care what God wants. — (Self will) X
2) I’ll do what God wants so I can get what I want. — (exchange of good will/ performance trap/ bargain) x
3) I do what God wants because God knows what is best for me. — (Great! True BUT inadequate) x + √
4) I will give God what He wants because God knows best and desires the best for His glory. √√√√ — (God is at the centre of it all! It’s all about Him!

Jeremiah 18:1–4, 6 NIV
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. 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.

— EXPOUND ON the process of clay making. —

“God is not a bully - It is not the case of we are the clay he is the Potter therefore we have no choice. It is a case of God not giving up on us and continuing to mould us into His image.”

#QOTD 1: God created us not to get from us; God created to give to us.

He did not throw us away even if we are marred clays with bubbles inside (sins) . He did not give up on us. He redeems us.

“It is hard to surrender and submit to God if you’ve a wrong image of God.”

“God wouldn’t give up. He continues to mould us even though we shout, ‘Stop! Stop!’ ”

The story of that illutrates the Potter’s love for His creations:

The grandfather said to the beautiful vase, “What do you mean you weren’t always beautiful?”
“Well,” said the vase, “once I was just an ugly, soggy lump of clay.
But one day a man with dirty wet hands threw me onto a wheel.
Then he started turning me around and around until I got so dizzy I couldn’t see straight.
‘Stop! Stop!’ I cried.
But the man with
the wet hands said, ‘Not yet.’
“Then he started to poke me and punch me until I hurt all over.
‘Stop! Stop!’ I cried.
But the mansaid, ‘Not yet.’
Each time I thought he was finished he would crumble and roll me up and begin to poke and punch me again.
“Finally he did stop. But then he did something much worse; he put me into a furnace. It got hotter and hotter until I couldn’t stand it.
‘Stop! Stop! I cried.
But the man said, ‘Not yet.’
“Finally when I thought I was going to burn up the man took me out of the furnace. Then the man began to paint me and the fumes got so bad they made me feel sick.
‘Stop! Stop!’I cried.
‘Not yet,’ said the man.
Finally he did stop.
But then he gave me back to the man and help put me back into that awful furnace. This time it was hotter than before.
‘Stop! Stop!’ I cried.
But the man said, ‘Not yet.’
Finally he took me out of the furnace and let me cool. When I was completely cool a lady put me on this shelf next to this mirror and when I looked at the mirror I could not believe what I saw and I cried for joy. I was no longer ugly, soggy and dirty.
I was beautiful, firm and clean.
It was then I realized without all of that pain I would still be the ugly, soggy lump of wet clay.
It was then all I’d had to endure took on new meaning for me.

#QOTD 2: “Surrender is not about giving up. It is about giving in.”

Question: Give in to what?
Answer: Give in to God. Give in to His love.

“surrender is the key to discipleship”

#QOTD 3: In whose hands is your life in? - “My life in my hand is a pain and a problem, but my life in God’s hands is a power and a possibility”

#QOTD 4: “Surrender reveals the conditions of heart soul and restore the tranquility of our souls.”

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