Wednesday

Scripture Reading:
Jer. 18:2a; Matt. 5:3; 1 Pet. 5:6; Phil. 2:5-7

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped, But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men;”(Philippians 2:5-7)
going down to the potter’s house

Our youth is really the most desirable time of our life to the world and to Satan. Who will we give our life to, to Christ or to Satan, to the church or to the world? The decision is in our hands. We who know Christ and the church are already halfway there. Now we only need to persevere in following the Lord closely and cooperating with His move in this age.

Something that is fundamental for someone who wants to follow the Lord is to hear His voice. We hear His voice say, "Arise." We are not living like dead people who follow the trend of the age wherever it goes; we are vessels of mercy created for God. Even today we need to put ourselves on God's side and be ready to follow Him. We are willing to say, “Yes!” to God's interests and will, and we say, “No!” to the apathy and indifference that hinder us from following the Lord. We want to invest our life in something that has eternal value, which is Christ and the church.

After the Lord told Jeremiah to rise up, He added, "And go down to the potter's house." We know what the potter's house is and we also know that all who seek God\'s will must come to the potter's house sooner or later. Nevertheless, in order to come to the potter's house, we must go down. Why must we go down? The Old Testament says that all the people of God should go up to Jerusalem (because the city was on a mountain) to worship the Lord there. To go up indicates that the unique place chosen by God is in an elevated position; this is in accordance with the will of God Himself. This is why this verse in Jeremiah is not a contradiction. God\'s will on earth is defined as the only place of worship, a place of high elevation, and demands that we go up, but we can never go up unless we first go down. The application of this is simple: to go down signifies to humble ourselves before God.

If, when we read these words, we are thinking: "Oh! I already know all this. There is nothing new for me in Jeremiah 18." this indicates that we need to go down, we need to humble ourselves. All who want to come to the house of the Potter need to humble themselves. If we see that the church is the Potter's house, the place where God is working and forming His vessels, we will understand how important and necessary it is to go down.

When Jesus decreed the constitution of the kingdom of the heavens, the first requirement He spoke was, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens" (Matt. 5:3). Whoever does not humble himself to the point of being poor in spirit, whoever does not empty himself in his spirit, cannot enter into the kingdom of the heavens. First Peter 5:6 says, "Therefore be humbled under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time.\" We cannot forget that we are vessels of mercy in the hands of the divine Potter. We should humble ourselves under His mighty hand that is shaping us through the different circumstances around us, whether in the house, at work, at school, in the street, while shopping, etc. We must be clear concerning this matter so that we will not be deceived by the enemy. Day by day, moment by moment, God is working through all of our situations to conform us to the image of His Son.

Whoever does not recognize or accept this and does not humble himself before the divine work will eventually murmur and hinder God from touching certain areas of his life. How is it possible for a person who is always running away from God's hands to be conformed to His will? Hence, it is very important to let go of everything we know and all that we can do (these things only make us proud) in order to completely give ourselves into the hands of the Potter.

The Lord Jesus left us an example of humility. When He left His throne of glory, he emptied and humbled Himself, taking the form of a slave (Phil. 2:5-7). The Creator "came down," when He took the form of a human creature. Because Jesus submitted Himself completely to the Father's will, God eventually exalted Him as Lord and Christ, making Him the firstborn among many brothers. Today God is also expecting that we will go down to the Potter\'s house and trustfully give ourselves into His hands to be worked on by Him.

Key Point:
Humbled
Question:
What does it mean to humble oneself before God?