we are vessels of new life

we are vessels of new life

I asked Carol Shadle to join our worship leadership today because I wanted us to see a potter at work and be able to think about this image of being a vessel created by God. Genesis tells us that God created everything that is, including the dust of the earth and that out of the dust of the earth God created us.   The wisdom of Ecclesiastes tells us “remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” The prophet Jeremiah says, “Come to the potter’s house and see the potter can take the clay of a vessel that is ruined and rework it into a worthy vessel”. Paul tells us we have a treasure in clay vessels so we may know that an extraordinary power has formed us, filled us and is to be poured out of us. In this image of ourselves as the clay and God, the potter at the wheel is the understanding that we do not belong to ourselves.  We belong to God, who is constantly forming us, shaping us, supporting us, loving us, creating us, working on us, putting up with us. And we are being formed for a purpose.  In Paul’s time, in Jesus’ day, decorative elements might be added, but most every vessel had a purpose.  A vessel was to be filled, to hold and to be emptied. Paul tells us we are fragile formed vessels into which God has poured the extraordinary power of new life in Jesus Christ. We are vessels so that we can pour that new life out onto the world.  As Paul says that through us...