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Being a Disciple

Jeremiah 18:1-11

I occasionally  have the opportunity to observe someone making a vase or some other vessel out of clay. I find fascinating the care with which  the person  molds the clay. The potter  or crafts-person is   seldom  pleased  with  the  initial  article  and  reworks  the  clay until satisfied.

In the parable of the potter Jeremiah sees God taking simi­lar care in molding the people of Judah .The parable depicts God’s patient and persistent love for the people. God wants them to be different people. “Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings. “We witness God’s love through the disciplining of the people; God eventually brings them out of exile to the promised  land. Even when the people stray from the path, God continues to love them . God will continue to mold the nation.

While made in the image of God, we are not always God­ like people. Sin creeps in, making us less than the people God wants us to be. When that happens we are not true and whole vessels, but the Creator will continue to work with us. The potter’s hands do not let loose the clay.

As we yield ourselves, God molds us. At times we may have sought our own way; followed our own plans in life rather than God’ way, like the Israelite’s of old. But  as  we  cooperate  with God m  the  molding process, our  future  can  change. We  become useful vessels in God’s work

PRAYER:

Lord of life, mold me into the person you would have me be, and may I cooperate with you in the molding process. Amen.

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