1 Corinthians 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
Are you the one, the one that never gets chosen first; the one that doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere? Is that you? Do you feel like the loser, the lesser, or the least?
The potter makes many vessels at a time; he fires up his kiln, and puts the vases, jars and jugs into the oven and lets the fire set the clay. It is the heat of the furnace that strengthens the material. Some of the vessels come out perfect, the fire has set the colors beautifully, and they are wonderful to look at strong and useful. Every thing their maker had hoped for.
Then there are others vessels that have irregularities, like cracks or bubbles or colors that ran into awkward shapes and designs. Not at all what the potter had hoped for. Disappointed with the outcome the potter can still make use of them. Maybe he’d use a tall vase to store his paint brushes; maybe he’d keep a cracked mug in which he could put pen and pencils.
Then there are those really ugly, cracked, bubbled and misshapen vessels. The one no one notices, the one no one wants, or sees any purpose for. These are the vessels the world throws away. They appear to be unusable, maybe not even for a garbage bowl, who knows, what we see as useless and unwanted, God sees as redeemable. In fact I think it thrills God’s heart to take something the world sees as deplorable, and make it into a treasure worth finding.
So if you are feeling lost, unfit, useless or weak, look up your redemption is drawing near. The Potter’s hand is reaching down to pick you out, and give you a special purpose.
You are a chosen vessel, chosen before the foundation of the world, chosen on purpose for a purpose. The neatest thing is you are chosen just because He wants you.
I believe we are in the time of “God’s finishing touch”. We’ve been on the wheel, we’ve been pressed out of shape, we’ve been painted and glazed—we’ve been thrust into the heat of a thousand ovens, and now we are coming forth as a fit vessel. It matters not what our outer shape is, it’s not our size, or appearance, but that we have allowed Him to complete us.
The finishing stage is where our Potter admires His handiwork, He looks for cracks, bubbles, and splotches, and He fixes them and works out the flaws to His delight. Then He puts us on display not to show us off, but to show what He can do with any vessel, new, old or imperfect. See it’s not about what’s on the outside that matters, it’s what He has placed on the inside, it is the heart of the matter that matters. We are His workmanship created to do good works, we must allow the potter to have His way and His touch will enable us to touch others.
How can this imperfect vessel ever be used for any Kingdom purpose? One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 56:8 it speaks of God keeping our tears in a bottle; I often wondered what He did with all those tears. Well, I believe that he takes those tears and uses them to cleanse out the impurities in our vessel. See, we have to go through stuff; we have to shed some tears along life’s path. In life there are always times of disappointment, sickness, heart break, pain or loss that cause us to shed tears, so God being the restorer and redeemer of all things, keeps those tears, and chooses to use the things the devil wanted to destroy us with, to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The Lord uses every trial and test of our life to perfect us, what the devil meant for evil; God will use for our good. Then after He refines and cleanses us, He’ll remake us. Oh, we may still look out of shape, cracked and imperfect, but it’s not the outside He’s working on, it’s what’s on the inside. He will remove all those unnecessary things that keep us bound, and fill us and free us to be “bearers of His Glory”.
1 Peter 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,