Pastor Phillip O’Reilly
“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.” [Jeremiah 18:1-4]
God is in the business of restoration. He constantly takes our marred lives and uses them for good. We are always a work in progress, with the Great Potter redesigning and re-purposing our brokenness.
God has chosen us. He doesn’t expect us to be perfectly polished and fired, instead He chooses us as we, with the only caveat being we have to try our best to live in Love. We are His called catalysts, with the task and purpose of building a life that bears fruit that remains and points others towards Him.
God has given us honor. We are given the right to be strong in the grace that Jesus freely gives us. We are never promised an easy journey as a believer. There will be hardship. But, because we’ve been chosen, we have all the strength we need to endure them.
God overlooks our brokenness. Even further, He loves to come into it with us. He is not afraid of the Dark or of our anger or uncertainty. He is not done writing our stories, even when we’ve made plenty of mistakes. Instead of throwing us out in a broken heap of pieces, God collects all those pieces, puts them back on His potter’s wheel, and reforms us into beauty once again.
“If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!”
[2 Corinthians 4:7, MSG]