This journey to become more and more like the One we love isn’t an easy one. Not because trials are difficult. No, everyone goes through trials, even those who don’t know the One we love yet.
Plain and simple, it’s our pride that gets in the way.
Jesus didn’t have any pride. Not a stitch of it. He was all man, all God, all humble. Philippians 2:1-11. In fact, He only did what His Father was doing. John 5:19. And then He said to us, “Follow Me.” Luke 9:23.
That’s a tall order. As one pastor argued, “How can you ask me to do only what the Father’s doing? I’m not Jesus. I sin!”
True. And yet, His Word still calls us to be holy as He is holy, perfect as He is perfect. 1 Peter 1:15, Matthew 5:48. So, how do we do that in this human skin He gave us?
Well, for one thing, “we” don’t do it. Perfection isn’t something I strive for. No matter how hard I work or what a great job I think I’m doing, only Jesus is perfect, and it is only through Him that I am made perfect. Hebrews 10:14.
But sometimes, in all our attempts to serve God and be perfect in man’s sight, we forget Who is God and who is man. We reject the Potter’s touch, choosing the imperfect misshape of our own will that we label as His over true surrender to Christ. Luke 10:38-42, Galatians 1:10.
When I judge other pots the Master is molding, when I make decisions without asking, “Lord, what do You want to do?” and listening for His answers, when He convicts me of sin but I don’t change, when I go my own way calling it His … Who is it I’m following?
As if I’m the Potter.
Without humble submission to God’s transforming touch, I’m just a misshapen lump of pride, no matter how perfect or useful I think I am. The longer I stay away from the Potter’s wheel, the dryer I get, and the more set in my own ways. Then when He calls me to change, I don’t.
To truly follow Christ, I need to climb up onto the Potter’s wheel and lie down. Only humbly surrendered can I become a masterpiece in my Master’s hands, molded not to take His place, but to bring Him honor and glory as I follow Him in all I become and do.
“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14 (NKJV)
“Surely you have things turned around! Shall the Potter be esteemed as the clay? … Or shall the thing formed say of Him Who formed it, ‘He has no understanding’? … But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 29:16, 64:8 (NKJV)
“In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NKJV)