Jeremiah 18:3-4 “Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”
The ability of our God to restore a life so marred by sin is utterly amazing!
The illustration God gave to Jeremiah here is so poignant for today. It becomes so easy to hate the one who sins instead of the sin that takes the soul. We try to rehabilitate the offender with the social programs of today only to find that they return so quickly to the sin they had once committed.
Some think that just bringing them to the church house will accomplish the task. That’s like saying we can put a criminal in a good environment and think they will become good when the exact opposite is true – they will corrupt the good.
An active effort must be made to first ensure the one is saved; for without salvation any work done will be fruitless. Salvation engages the hand of God in that person’s life as a child of God. His love, care and concern for His children evokes the promises of the Word of God and engages the Spirit of God within them.
The ability to change might be in man for a difference to be seen. Do not be deceived. Only the transforming power of the Word of God done by the Spirit of God can make any lasting change in a life. But often, we neglect our duty to reach out to the struggling one; the hurting one.
Discipleship is so often neglected. And sometimes taught with such condescention, it is portrayed as unattainable.
But when a humble servant of God presents the next steps for that hurting one to follow and walks WITH them, then we begin to see lasting fruit!
Look around your church today. Is there someone in despair? Someone experiencing loss? Hanging at the edge of conversations; waiting for someone to ask how they’re doing? Ask the Holy Spirit of God to lead you today to that one. Then, in love, guide them to the help they need. Maybe they need counseling with your pastor. Maybe they just need to know that someone cares.
You will never know until you reach out. You will never reach until you look around. You’ll never look unless you are seeking. You’ll never seek unless you ask God to open your eyes to the lives of those around us. So often, God lovingly uses human elements to do His will.
We just need to humble ourselves and be open to be used – believing He has the power to remake that vessel once again.