God said He did not want to restore me to the way I was before; He wanted to make me into something better.
I had always thought when God re-created you into another vessel, it was because there was something wrong with the vessel you were. However, I came to the place in my life where I knew something was wrong, but I did not know why. As far as I knew, I had not disobeyed God or sinned. I prayed, “Restore to me the joy of my salvation.”
God took me to Jeremiah 18 and showed me how the clay was marred in His hands. He told me I had been a tea cup. I was a good tea cup, and many times I had even overflowed onto brother saucer, but now God wanted to make me into a pitcher. He wanted to pick me up at any given time and use me to pour into other vessels.
God warned that the transformation would hurt. Things would have to be cut out of me before He could make me into a pitcher. God reminded me He was the good potter that would comfort me along the way. He would even walk with me into the fire when it was time, but He wanted me to be willing.
I knew God would not cut out one thing from me without my permission. In Jeremiah 18:6, God asked, “Cannot I do with you as this potter?” God asks the same question today.
Letting God cut things out of our lives and remold us isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. If we choose not to let God remold us, we can end up on the shelf. God doesn’t design us for the shelf, but there are times when we cannot go back or stay the same. We must be remade.
How will you respond if God asks “Cannot I do with you as this potter?” Let God make you into another vessel.
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