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561st -- Clay Pots


The Lord who is ever gracious to His creation has formed each of us with a
special thought in mind. We are all on this earth for a reason and a 
purpose and we are meant to fulfill God's plans throughout our life. The
Bible declares in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew 
thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I
ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” The Lord has a purpose for your
life and has created you to accomplish that which no one else is equipped
to accomplish. You are special in the eyes of God and are here because He
has created you for this day in time to be used as His vessel to bring 
glory and honor to His name. (Isaiah 64:8) (Isaiah 49:14-16) (Psalm 100:1-5)

I hope you are challenged and inspired by today's message to stand in who
God has created you to be and dedicate your life to be the vessel in which
God can work through all the days of your life.


The jungle Indians of Ecuador make clay pots of very simple design with no
ornamentation or glaze. They challenged me to try shaping them as they did,
rolling “snakes” of wet clay and then coiling them round and round until 
they had a perfectly smooth and balanced vessel. It looked rather easy, but
I found that it was a highly developed skill, and my attempts to imitate it
were laughable. Mine was not a master hand.

The next step was to build a very hot fire of thorns and brushwood and bake
the pot. It was then ready for use, to carry water from the river or to 
cook in. Nobody thought much about the pot itself once it was made. What
mattered was what was in it.

We are, Paul said, clay pots. The Potter has formed us, shaped us into a 
useful vessel, put us through the fire of testing that we might be fit to
hold what He gives us. We are useful and fit--but we are still clay pots--
it's what's inside that matters. It is a priceless treasure. (2 Cor. 4:7)

I can think of no clearer analogy of our place in God's service and a no 
more accurate picture of the relative merits of who we are and what we have
to offer. We shall always be just pots, quite cheap on the market, but
what we carry for others is priceless.

Love, Paul said in another passage, does not “cherish inflated ideas of its
own importance.” (l Cor. 13:4) Know that you are here for a reason and 
trust that God will lead you to fulfill your destiny.

By Elisabeth Elliot

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith
the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will 
hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search
for Me with all your heart.”

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of
darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of
the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure 
in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and 
not of us.”

Psalm 100:1-4 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the
LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that 
the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we 
are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with
thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and 
bless His name.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth
not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things,
believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity 
never faileth...”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: YOU ARE IMPORTANT
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem134.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: HEATHER'S TESTIMONY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony124.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
Gods Work Ministry


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