Life At Its Best: God never gives up
Potential is a word used often. It's not something we can physically touch or see. However, according to Webster's Dictionary, it's "capable of becoming real." That means it can have two states.
When left unacknowledged or undeveloped, it remains only an invisible possibility of what could be. However, when fully tapped into, it brings true change that greatly alters our lives.
God's a master at maximizing potential. We see this in Jeremiah 18, when He's talking to Jeremiah about the Israelites. At this point, things weren't going too well for them. Their disobedience caused them to live in captivity to Egypt, and it looked like there was no hope for them ever flourishing again.
One day, Jeremiah was praying and asked God what to tell them. He didn't know how to inspire hope during such a difficult time. God replied, "Go to the potter's house and watch the potter."
He went, and when he got there, the potter was working on a clay pot. He was nearly done when suddenly the pottery fell apart and the vase crumbled. Jeremiah looked at the potter's face.
To his surprise, he wasn't worried or discouraged. He didn't chunk out the old clay and start again with a newer, better piece. Instead, he picked it up and continued to mold it.
God told Jeremiah, "That's how I see the nation of Israel - not as a broken pot shattered beyond repair but as a moldable piece of clay that can be remade into something beautiful."
That's how God sees each of us. If you're like me, you've had times when you've felt like that shattered pot. We have situations in our relationships, finances or past that seem like they'll never be fixed. The good news is, our potential is based not on the cracked and broken pieces of our lives but on the incredible ability of our potter.
He's not discouraged by our rough spots. He'll never leave us in order to find someone better or less flawed to use. Instead, like that potter, He wants to pick us up and continue molding us into what He knows our lives can be. But we must do our part in this process. We must, first, believe that He has a purpose for us.
It's easy to allow ourselves or others to convince us we're incapable of being used by Him. During those times of doubt, we must remind ourselves of what He says about us.
In Jeremiah 29:11, He promises, "I know the plans I have for you - plans to give you the future you hope for." Even when we fail, He has a plan. He can accomplish amazing things through us when we continue to believe.
Then, not only must we believe, but we must be willing to be molded. This can sometimes be a painful process. It requires allowing God to change some old habits that are holding us back.
We must be willing to surrender our ways for His and allow His word to dictate our decisions. Continue to let Him mold and refine you. Then, watch as He turns your broken pieces into something beautiful.
Jim Graff is the Senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. Visit faithfamilyvictoria.com.