My daughter, Hannah, is not able to be on her college campus right now, but her awesome school, Concordia University in Ann Arbor, cares so much about its students that her art professor is allowing her to complete her pottery class at home. As I’ve watched her create some wonderful items on the wheel, I’ve been reminded of a passage in scripture that speaks of a potter. Romans 9:20-24 (ESV) says, “20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?”
In this passage we’re reminded that God has made every human being that has ever walked on earth. He’s also able to use some that seem terrible for His good purposes. Thankfully, He does that with us too. In spite of our flaws and cracks, He can and does use us for His good purposes. Sometimes our flaws are the very thing that make us all the more useful in God’s plan of leading other flawed sinners to His free gift of eternal life in Jesus.
We thank Jesus for His masterful work as potter. He has made us well. We joyfully let Him use us now for His good purposes as we live life in His way.