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Romans 9:21-22 (NKJV) Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? 22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction...

We’ve spent the last eight weeks talking about how potters make vessels and what those vessels become in his hands. We’ve used the study of the potter and the vessels as a metaphor for what our lives look like in the hands of a merciful and almighty God. In other words, God is the POTTER and we are the CLAY. We learned that the potter never intended to make a“bad” vessel. Every time he sat at the wheel to spin a vessel, it was his desire for it to be one for great use. The insight into the potter gives us a look into the heart of our Father. Our Father never sets out to make us into a vessel that isn’t created for greatness. When the vessel becomes one of no use, it isn’t the fault of the potter, but of the clay. We studied the seven vessels mentioned in scripture. Of the seven, only one was deemed a loss; the “Vessel of Wrath.”

The “Vessel of Wrath” is one that, no matter how many times the potter sought to redeem it, it remained unusable. After much effort and time, the potter eventually had to determine that some vessels simply would not receive the work of his hands. Humans are like that too. While it’s not the desire of God that anyone would perish; we must admit and acknowledge that some will. Despite the greatness of God’s mercy, some people will refuse the blood of His grace. Because of their refusal, God, on the Day of Judgment, will be forced to bring the full wrath of His judgment on them. This judgment isn’t one that God enjoys. In fact, it breaks the very heart of God. My encouragement to you, this day, is to receive His mercy and grace. Believe that He is Who He says He is. Accept Him at His Word and receive in you the promised eternal life that He so desires for you. Don’t put it off. Do it today!!

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First-time blogger here, so is nice!  As we get this blog started, our student ministry is going through the book Jesus>Religion by Jefferson Bethke.  If you have not read this book, I would encourage you to pick it up and dive in. With that said, much of the content I’ll be expressing will pertain to what God is showing us as we move through this study.

Depending on different variables and life experiences, the term “Jesus is a greater than religion” can hit you a few different ways.  The millennial crowd says, “Great because we are so done with the man-made church stuff.” On the other hand, those that are older in age and the Faith, may get a sour look on their face due to the sacrilegious tone of the statement.  In my opinion, we have created both responses.

If you are non-believer I want you to ask yourself one question, “What if life with Jesus is better than you thought?”  Many veterans of the faith will scream a resounding ‘Yes’ to this question.  The problem I see happening is between answering yes to this question and our actions displayed daily.  They don’t seem to match up.  Many times this is due to a lack of focus on the person of Jesus Christ and not walking day-in and day-out with a Christ-centered commitment. 

First thing to remember is:

It’s not about us coming to Jesus.  It’s about Jesus coming to us.  Yes, He first loved us!  He is the main thing in this whole scenario called life.  Without Him there is no way.  On the other side, do we have a part to play?  For sure, it is defined in Scripture in Romans 10:9; “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Wrapping it Up

First and foremost we must focus in on the person of Jesus Christ and the example that He walked out here on earth.  He is the center!

Second, we have to remember that the Bible is not filled with squeaky-clean, picture-perfect stories. Most of our heroes in the faith were not that perfect.  They failed in areas of rebellion, doubt, adultery and other struggles.  But that’s also what is so significant and encouraging about the Bible.  It’s an awesome narrative of God’s grace.  It’s a love story and an epic battle.  Jesus is the Hero.  Not us.


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