A clay pot for His use

Good morning, friends. This morning I would like to share yet another family experience with you and let you know just how I am praising God for the outcome

Last week, my husband got an ambulance ride to the hospital after an accident “knocked him out cold.” The log skidder rolled with him inside, leaving my husband with a nasty, bleeding gash on his head and scaring the living daylights out of his wife. The accident was no fault of his own since a shaft broke off that controls the operation of the machine. It also was no fault of his own that he survived. As the days went on, he realized how sore and broken he felt, though by now he is healing slowly.

As I drove myself to the hospital, I prayed fervently, “Lord, please let him live.” God answered that cry, and I am so thankful He did. Funny how things can work together. I have also been going through a time of brokenness in my own life, and that’s what I want to talk about today, folks – brokenness.

Recently at our women’s meeting at church, I shared an object lesson that captured my heart, and I would like to share it with you. (Actually, it captured my silly bone as well.) God gave this to me to drive home a point: We cannot be used of Him in our present state, unless that is a state of brokenness.

I don’t know how you are, but God knows my heart intimately, and He knows I will fight being broken with every fiber of my being. It’s called pride. I wish that were not the case because I have learned time and again that when I finally come to brokenness, then, and only then, am I fit for Kingdom work. I am then ready for God to use me to make an impact on the world around me. I so want to be used of God for His glory.

So, at the meeting, I held up a clay pot; a beautiful, perfect-looking clay pot. I asked the ladies what they saw when they looked at it. One lady saw its perfection, and another saw that it was empty and in need of being filled. I agreed with both. I have a special love for clay pots, and it was, indeed, beautiful. It was also empty, in need of filling. I paralleled the pot with our lives as Christians. We may look beautiful on the outside, but we need to be filled inside to be of any use. Perfection on the outside may look to others as if we have it all together, when in reality, we are empty and quite lonely inside.

Jeremiah 18:1-6 states, “The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.’ Then I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he was working at the wheel. And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me: ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?’ says the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand.”

This passage is so precious to me because it speaks of how God has made us for a specific purpose. Though we may not be cooperating with His plans for us, He can and will, if we allow Him to, reshape us and remake us by breaking us.

So, SLAM! Down comes the hammer on that beautiful clay pot. Now broken, there is absolutely no beauty and no use unless a miracle appears. And He does … His name is Jesus, the miracle-worker. Now by the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling the believer, we can be made new, whole and fit for Kingdom work! Now the master potter, Jesus, can use the “broken pot” for His purpose. He can and will put our “clay pot” back together again, as long as we allow it to happen. No resistance now; we are broken. Our pride has been swallowed up in His mercy. Our independence has been overcome by His loving provision for us. What a mighty God we serve!

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that if any person is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation; old things pass away, and all things become new. What a wonderful promise!

Friends, we don’t need to stay in our old destructive state of being. If we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, He will, with our permission, remake us into who He wants us to be for the furthering of His Kingdom and His Glory. That’s a hard lesson for me, but I know it often comes about by brokenness in my life. Wish I didn’t have to keep going around the same mountain … I am a slow, often stubborn learner!

Thank you, Lord, for being so loving and patient with me! And thank you, for happy endings to accidents with broken skidders. Like I said, my husband survived through no fault of his own … Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord, for fixing this broken pot of mine, too. May each of you find help and healing in your time of need, through the blood of Jesus. Amen.

Debby Renninger is a free-lance writer and inspirational speaker. She is the leader of the women’s ministry at Pine Glen Church of the Brethren and also leads a weekly Bible study, “Beauty for Ashes,” in her home in McVeytown. Renninger may be reached at 250-7086.