The Potter Knows the Clay

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And having been set free from sin, you have become the servants of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in thought, purpose, and action). Romans 6:18

For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness—in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God]. Hebrews 12:11

Becoming a servant of righteousness is in no way instant or immediate. The fullness of Christ is indeed living inside of us, but in order to have that fullness flow out from us, it will take time. Time, submission to His work, suffering and discipline (see Hebrews 12 verses 5-10 and keep in mind that the term son in those verses is about maturity not gender).

T. Austin-Sparks’ daily open windows from earlier this week was perfectly timed, if I may paraphrase:

The Cross of Jesus Christ means that not even for Him can we be or do anything out from ourselves, if there is to be anything at all it must be out from Him, and that means a life of absolute dependence and faith…such a revelation, if it is to be a staggering and breaking thing, so that there is no strength left in us, requires a background of much vain effort…while an end is written large in the Cross, and while that end is to be accepted as our end…Jesus lives…and that means boundless possibilities.

For us to recognize this vain effort may require – dare I say it must require – difficulties beyond our scope, trials and testing’s sovereignly placed in order to expose that in me there is no good thing! Anything up to that point of exposure and recognition on our part may have appeared good but it was the flesh and is as filthy rags. Do not fear! Yet, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter, and we are all the work of Your hand (Isaiah 64:8).

So, may we work out – cultivate, carry out to the goal and fully complete (mature) – our own salvation with reverence…not in our own strength, brothers and sisters, for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in us – energizing and creating in us the power and desire both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). Amen and thank You, Father.

If you find yourself in these difficulties which are meant to expose and never to condemn (Romans 8:1), if you are under the hand of the Lord in a season of deep discipline, may we be among those who have been trained by it and may we also find life and comfort and encouragement in Hebrews 12:12 (JB PHILLIPS):

…take a fresh grip on life and brace your trembling limbs. Don’t wander away from the path but forge steadily onward. On the right path the limping foot recovers strength and does not collapse.

Forge steadily onward, brothers and sisters! The Potter knows the clay.

I know you are going through the fire
Its getting hard to stand the heat
But even harder is the wondering
Is God’s hand still on me
Its lonely in the flame
When you’re counting days of pain

But the Potter knows the clay
How much pressure it can take
How many times around the wheel
‘Til there’s submission to His will
He’s planned a beautiful design
But it’ll take some fire and time
Its gonna be okay
‘Cause the Potter knows the clay

Friend I just came through that fire
Not too very long ago
And looking back I can see why
And that my God was in control
On the hottest day I’d cry
Oh Lord, isn’t it about time

But the Potter knows the clay
How much pressure it can take
How many times around the wheel
‘Til there’s submission to His will
He’s planned a beautiful design
But it’ll take some fire and time
Its gonna be okay
‘Cause the Potter knows the clay

He’s planned a beautiful design
But it’ll take some fire and time
It’s gonna be okay
‘Cause the Potter, He knows the clay.

Lyrics to The Perry’s, The Potter Knows the Clay (for the YouTube link, click here.)

Grace and peace be yours in Christ.

Your sister,

Becky

3 thoughts on “The Potter Knows the Clay

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