Potter and Clay
By Jill Briscoe
“You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘He did not make me’? Can the pot say of the potter, ‘He knows nothing’?” ~ Isaiah 29:16
The disciples were called “these who have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6 KJV). Yet, they actually turned it right-side-up! People who know Jesus do that.
People who don’t know Jesus may be described as pots which turn themselves upside down on the potter’s wheel and tell the potter to take his hands off their lives. “He (God) doesn’t know what He is doing,” they say.
The disciple knows the Potter, who molds marred lives over again, keeping one hand inside the pot and the other outside. He knows a pot is only as good outside as it is inside.
The disciple knows that, to function, he will have to be fired in the kiln. The number of firings depends on the pot’s use but the good Potter watches the clay carefully. When the color comes up in its “character,” He will remove it. It will not be left in the heat to crack.
Disciples have a wonderful relationship with God through Christ – as close as an earthly potter to his clay. Don’t turn yourself upside down on the wheel; let Him turn you right-side-up!
Lord, help me to be a true disciple – one that sees Your hand on me and welcomes the molding You bring. Thank you for your assurance that You will bring out the best in me, and that You will protect me in the process, making sure I am not left in the fire too long. Help me to be known as one of Your own, a person that turns the world right-side-up. Amen.