What if God Could Use You?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like for God to use you to influence other people and see it matter?

Wonder no more.

I remember sitting in my college auditorium and observing a man at a potter's wheel. For the next 30 minutes, I watched him take a piece of clay and shape it into something he wanted. What originated in his heart and mind came to life in his hands. It was remarkable.

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 used four elements to speak to Jeremiah:

  • Location
  • Circumstances
  • Timing
  • Obedience
God wanted something from Jeremiah, but he first had something for him.

I went on a little research adventure to learn more about a potter, their process, and the clay itself.

Discoveries about clay:

  • Clay is initially abrasive and unresponsive
  • Clay is initially handled roughly by the potter
  • Clay becomes increasingly pliable in the potter's hands

Discoveries about a potter and their process:

  • Wedging: they knead the clay to remove any air pockets and foreign particles
  • Centering: they align the clay in the center of their wheel
  • Opening: they open the clay by  - also known as piercing the heart of the clay

How does this story apply to you and me?

  • God cares about ensuring we are in his hands
  • God has authority and power to shape you and me
  • God will remove whatever is necessary to mold something he likes

Have you ever had one of those moments in your life where everything stops and there is a message as if you are the only person in the room? I was being interviewed by a church and part of that process was to attend their worship experience. As I sat in their auditorium, a lady started singing a song I never heard before. The chorus struck me. God used the lyrics to guide me and I did not accept their job offer. He wanted something else for me.

Take me, mold me, use me, fill me
I give my life to the Potter’s hand
Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me
I give my life to the Potter’s hand

Don't forego the process to experience the result. Without immersing yourself in the process, the result is not as remarkable.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
— Ephesians 2:10

One word in Ephesians 2:10 is captivating and paints a picture of what God is up to. The word "workmanship" means a design that is produced by an artist. You are his work of art. He wants to use what he created. That is you. That is me.