We Are the Clay

“Change my heart O God; Make it ever true.  Change my heart O God, may I be like you.  You are the Potter I am the clay.  Mold me and make me; this is what I pray”

This is an old song that we used to sing in church and like many of those old songs they were pulled directly from Scripture.  This one is taken from Jeremiah 18 verses 3-5 which says:

  • “I went down to the potter’s house and saw him working with clay at the wheel. He was making a pot from clay. But there was something wrong with the pot. So the potter used that clay to make another pot. With his hands he shaped the pot the way he wanted it to be.  Then this message from the Lord came to me:  “Family of Israel, you know that I can do the same thing with you. You are like the clay in the potter’s hands, and I am the potter.”

As I listened to a motivational video the other day I believe that God gave me a clear message.  I was struck by the idea that every person who has ever lived has a true self that was created by God.  Like an artist who creates a beautiful scene on a canvas, God creates the true person that lives deep inside each of us.  People who reach a high level of motivation and achievement in life find out that this beautiful true self is more precious than anything else in life–it is the place of purpose that gives us all a deep sense of meaning and satisfaction in life.  If we can uncover, appreciate, and live from this beautiful state that God created then we have arrived.

The problem is that many of these people fail to credit God with creating their true selves.  It seems that they believe that the wonderful masterpiece that lays dormant under a mass of past hurts, family dysfunction, and personal failure is the end.  But finding our true selves is only the beginning.  Giving glory to the one who created something so pure and wonderful as our untainted self is the only way to truly understand and unlock the potential of what is deep inside; that which we did not create–that which we cannot understand.  Only the creator knows how it was made and why it was made.  Like the Potter who creates the clay vessel, we are but living out purpose that which we were designed for, not that which we had any say in.  How blessed are we when we align ourselves with the Potter!


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