Romans 12:3 (NKJV) "For I say, through the grace given to me, to every- one who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt with each one a measure of faith."
What I’ve learned since I started life with Jesus:
I remember that I started a relationship with Jesus when I was six years old. I actually knew about Him way before that, but it’s hard to measure what you really knew at three.
I am reminded that, while I started my relationship with Him at six; I actually didn’t attempt to give Him full control until I was about 24. “Full Control” is a funny description. By that I mean I gave Him more than before. I actually still think I am working on the “FULL CONTROL” part.
I’ve learned that the more I know Him, the more I know I need to knowHim.
I’ve learned that no matter how much I think I know, I see so much more that I’ve yet to master.
I’ve learned that it is an everyday struggle to keep my pride out of the equation. I am always tempted to give myself credit for the stuff He is really doing.
I’ve learned that no matter how far I progress down this road to intimacy, somedays it feels like I just started yesterday.
I’ve learned that no matter how “deep” I say I am, His deep and my deeper two completely different depths.
I’ve learned that He is so good and it is only by His mercy that He keeps drawing me to Himself. I certainly don’t give Him much reason to keep drawing me near.
I’ve learned that it is imperative I stay humble, stay hungry, and stay learning. (I’m not sure if that even makes sense, but it did to me at the moment.)
I’ve learned that even though I am further down this road than I have ever been, in all honesty; I’m just getting started.
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!!