As we grow in our relationship with Christ, God will continue to shift us and remold us into His image. The closer we walk with God, the more refined we become as Christians. We all have to walk through different stages in our lives to mature and learn how to trust God. As we mature in Christ, God gives us tasks to complete for His Kingdom. Isaiah 64:8 says that “we are the clay; You [God] are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” If we remain stagnant, we will never experience new things or learn new talents. If we do not continue to grow in Christ, we will never live to our fullest potential.
Our growth in Christ is much like a sculptor with a potter’s wheel. Let us go back to the first time we accepted Christ into our hearts. Technically, we were just a lump of clay full of sin and needed a guiding hand to get our lives back on track. I would like for you to imagine yourself on a potter’s wheel as a lump of clay. The clay must be placed on the wheel to be molded and recreated by the sculptor. The sculptor I am speaking of is God Himself. First, God gently placed you at the center of the wheel so you are evenly balanced and can be reshaped into something solid and beautiful. After He has worked diligently, to His perfection, He puts you through the fire multiple times to refine you. God only wants the best for you! Just like clay, there is a process before beauty is revealed. You are His masterpiece. He gives you purpose in your life. God created you to be unique and you have a God-given talent that He wants to use through you for His glory.
For us to fully go through the process of being reshaped, refined and beautified, we must understand that we have to allow God to have full control over our lives. We have to accept change and not resist God when He is asking us to make sacrifices. It is vital to allow growth and learn how God is remolding us into His image while on the potter’s wheel. Growth can be a painful process and even dreadful at times but it is necessary so we can build our trust in our heavenly Father. The more He reshapes us and refines us, the more we learn how to fully trust Him with our lives.
Change is inevitable. No matter if we live in the world or with Christ, change will happen. Today, the world is living at a fast pace that demands us to shift and embrace new things. For example, we must stay up to date with top-of-the-line technology for our day-to-day needs in our careers as well as in our homes. When we are Christians, there are many changes in the way we live and the way we act. Once we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, change happens immediately. As we grow spiritually, we will continue to be reshaped by God. Each new season gives us a new purpose for our lives.
The best place to be is in the Potter’s hands!