Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching on the “Potter’s House.” The potter, God, who was in the beginning, is the boss. He formed and created.
We have a tendency to make this an abstract picture that somehow the clay formed itself. The clay formed itself, right? In Genesis 2 isn’t that what it says? The clay made itself. No. That’s not what it says. It says, “The one being (the Potter), He did this work.” The same thing is being spoken of.
And, by the way, the pot was marred in the hand of the potter. It marred itself. It’s not because God pressed too much or did too little or too fast or too quick or… The clay, the vessel marred itself. “What do you mean?” Go back to Genesis. That clay is Adam. That clay is Eve. The clay marred itself through distrust, disfaith, disobedience.
And too many people want to blame God for their circumstance. God, in His purpose, is going to take us back to the Book of Ephesians and His purpose. He chose out from among others.
The Bible’s full of the purpose, God’s purpose. Can you live with the purpose? The purpose is: “I’d like to be more of Him and less of me.”
I already know that. But do you look at yourself as a vessel of grace? Because until Ephesians 2 we were dead in trespasses and sin. At that point in my life I looked at myself as a finished product. Now I look at myself as a vessel that every day, little by little, abides to crucify the old man. Little by little every day that old nature of me is dying away. Little by little; sometimes very, very little, but little by little being transformed. And this occurrence makes me a vessel of grace.
I find it interesting, as many times as I read this, that it didn’t dawn on me that we start with a potter who’s got the wheel. And it says the clay. But he says, the vessel he made of clay. It means while God was doing His work, it transformed itself from a dull, lifeless nothing piece of clay, being transformed into a vessel. And at that point it was marred. It’s very subtle.