Monday

Scripture Reading:
Jer. 18:1-4; 2 Tim. 2:20

“But in a great house there are not only gold and silver vessels but also wooden and earthen; and some are unto honor, and some unto dishonor.”(2 Timothy 2:20)
the potter’s house

The Potter

Almost everyone knows what a potter is. A potter is a person who molds clay in order to make different objects. In times past potters worked the clay with their hands, forming it into different shapes. The clay was placed on a round wheel that was joined by an axle in the center to a smaller wheel close to the ground. When the potter pushed the lower wheel with his foot, the upper wheel also turned, and with his hands, he shaped the turning clay. In this way, vessels of clay were made according to the potter's will.

Once, God sent Jeremiah to the potter's house (Jer. 18:1-4). When we read this section, we realize that the potter is God Himself. Have you heard that God is the potter? We have heard that God is almighty and that He is sitting on His throne in heaven. Surely our God is omnipotent, but He is also a very practical potter who works with His hands to form His vessels.

The Potter’s House

If God is the potter, then the potter's house is the house of God. The apostle Paul tells us clearly in 1 Timothy 3:15 that the church is the house of the living God. God is not an immobile statue adorning a piece of furniture. He is a living person and He has a living house. The book of Ephesians shows us that the church is God's family, the dwelling place of God in spirit (Eph. 2:19, 22). In the Epistle to the Hebrews we read that the church is the house of God (Heb. 3:5-6). Hence, the church is undoubtedly the house of God, the house of the Potter.

Romans 9:21-23 states that from the same clay the potter, according to his will, can make one vessel unto honor and another unto dishonor. God is sovereign and, as the divine Potter, He has authority over the clay to make from the same lump vessels unto honor destined for glory or vessels unto dishonor destined for destruction. Regarding God's choosing, everything depends on His mercy. It is only because of His mercy that we are vessels in His house, the church. We must be impressed with this matter concerning the vessels. What is the main thing we notice when we see the saints in a church meeting? It is how they are dressed? Is it the way the sisters comb their hair? Is it possibly the way each one speaks? What do we see in the church meetings? What do we expect to see in a potter's house? In God's house there are many vessels of mercy; every brother is a vessel and every sister is a vessel. Our God, as the Potter, is carefully working to shape His vessels. Hallelujah! In the church, in the house of the Potter, the vessels are being prepared unto glory!

The church is not merely a pleasant place where people are smiling and there are beautiful hymns. This is only what is seen visibly. In other words, the church, in reality, is the Potter's house where vessels of mercy are being prepared by the hands of the divine Potter. God is doing a great work on the earth: He is conforming us to the image of His Son. In the church He is working on each one of His children. We are upon the "wheels" and God is shaping us with His own hands by means of His word.

Key Point:
Vessels
Question:
What is God doing in His house?