When KP.Yohannan was a boy, growing up in India, he often went to a potter’s house near his school. He was fascinated to watch the potter make clay vessels. During those visits, he never saw the potter take a hardened lump of clay vessels, and put on his wheel to make something out of it. Just like every other potter, he used only soft and tender clay to work with. So does God! God is like a potter and His people are the clay, He wants to form into a beautiful vessel. In order to accomplish this, God looks for soft and pliable hearts. Man measures the quality and usefulness of a person by his education, ability and expertise. Yet God determines his true value by the condition of his heart: “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). If the clay is hard, the potter will spend days pouring water on it and pounding it thoroughly until it becomes soft. It took God 20 years of “pouring and pounding” until Jacob’s heart became soft enough. Moses needed 40 years of desert life to become the meekest man on earth who could lead people of Israel out of Egypt. The bible warns us not to harden our hearts, because it is not a good place to be. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. He will allow circumstances to pound us so our hearts will once again become soft and pliable. Don’t take God’s grace for granted. Repent and run to the cross. If need be, do this a thousand times a day to maintain the tenderness of your heart. Whenever you seek limelight, want to take credit, get hurt or when your expectations are not fulfilled and your plans don’t work, don’t fight; go to the cross. God always seeks to do one thing with us on the Potter’s wheel – not to make us more powerful and famous, but to make us more like His Son, the Lord Jesus.
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