As we go through life, our lives are constantly changing. Through words of others and life’s circumstances we are changed. But how can we have a good attitude towards it? Can we use it for good?
Clay is a product that is easy to mold when wet but can be transformed into a beautiful hard piece of art. As we look at Jeremiah God likens man to clay.
Jeremiah 18:1 “The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”
Being in student ministry I am on the local HS campus often, and do a lot with teaching Character Ed. One of the main things that coaches in sports look for in players is their teachability, or being coachable.
The problem is being coachable is hard. Often it means sucking in your pride and being able to take constructive criticism in order to make you better. This is not easy and in life this can be done through painful or hard experiences.
In this passage God is the potter and the people of Israel are the clay. It is a perfect picture of us as the clay in the potters hands. The potter is constantly working the piece of clay in order to make it the best He can.
Our jobs as the clay is to stay moldable and workable in the Potters hands. This requires us to be humble, listen and to learn.
We can stay moldable by:
- Being Flexible
- Having a good attitude towards the hard things in life
- Always seeking to learn
- Looking to what God is teaching us
- We willing to let God change us
As we stay teachable and moldable, God is then able to mold us to be the man or woman who He created us to become.
What are some ways to stay teachable or be like clay?