”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
In my twenties, I began a new adventure, one that would leave me with dirty hands and dirty clothes. Not my cup of tea! Nonetheless, I launched into a year of pottery classes as part of my fine arts curriculum. Now, I had drawn, I had painted, I had stamped, I had crafted, but I had never thought of touching a bunch of icky, wet, sticky dirt! The class syllabus actually stated, “Wear clothes that can get dirty, or bring coveralls or an apron.” Oh bother, I thought, yet I had to do this if I wanted to apply for a certain, desired Masters program.
I remember to this day how it felt to knead the clay in wedges, preparing it to become pliable, moving it onto the pottery wheel, adding just the right amount of water to smooth the clay, and then finding the right speed of rotation of the wheel to equally shape the clay. I learned how to mold and pull up the clay to make vases, jars, bowls or mugs and gently flatten the clay into plates. I remember the patterns my fingers would make as I intentionally swirled them from the inside out.
This sounds lovely, doesn’t it?! If you saw my first creations, you’d have quite a laugh at the lopsided lovelies. See, it took time, failure and practice to finally be able to create something beautiful to share. In the end, I loved my pottery classes and looked forward to the once icky, but now, perfect, wet, sticky dirt with each new creation.
We are a new creation that God, so lovingly, molded into jars of clay. He does not desire for us to just be set upon a shelf so that others would fondly gaze upon our clay. No, God created us to be filled inside with the Holy Spirit. God has poured His love into us through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5) and desires us to pour out His love onto others. Therefore, let’s lift the lids of our jars, so that the Spirit flows for all to see His power at work within our lives.
Prayer: Dear loving Father, though we sometimes feel like a lopsided lovely, or a broken jar, we are so thankful that You see us as perfect creations through Jesus. As we seek You daily to fill our jars, may we continually pour out Your love onto those around us. Thank You! In Your glory and honor, Amen!