The Master Potter
The potter puts the clay on the wheel.
What do you see?
All the particles making up the clay pushed tightly together, become parts of one whole. If the particles could speak, you would hear them moan and groan and say:
“Well, I don’t think I like this.
I don’t think I like that other particle next to me. Why is this potter making me live with other things I don’t like! Oh, that I could jump off this wheel and be by myself – just me, myself and I!”
But every part of this vessel must come into a necessary relationship with all the other particles. It’s true the Master Potter never seeks your advice about your likes over this matter, never says:
“Now, would you like to be here and have so-and-so put next to you?”
O, to see God’s master plan. Have you noticed that the Lord never seeks your opinion on this matter? The greatest manifestations of His enabling grace is your ability to live with people you don’t like. We all have some!
But the Lord does not give us that choice, for this vessel is called, says the Apostle Paul, “to the praise of the glory of his grace” (Ephesians 1:6).
How hard is it to live with people you like? It doesn’t take much grace, does it? But it does take a lot of grace to live with some people.
I call this the formation of the Holy Spirit – the particles of the clay in the vessel are through His discipline.
Remember, you are a chosen vessel to the praise of His glorious grace and favor.