God’s Best China!

2 Timothy 2:20-21 New Living Translation “20  In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.  21  If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honourable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.” Last week, Bryan reminded us of how we have likened ourselves to being ‘cracked pots’ that God has repaired to make even more beautiful. In Jeremiah 18 vs 5 it states: “5  Then this message from the LORD came to me:  6  ‘Family of Israel, you know that I can do the same thing with you. You are like the clay in the potter’s hands, and I am the potter.'” I just love the image of being clay in God’s hands as He fashions me into the unique pot or vessel that He needs me to be. When we were praying in Breakout Rooms last week the verses from 2 Timothy were shared and they have stayed with me all week. I know that I am nowhere near a finished product, God continues to guide me and mould me into the pot that He knows He needs me to be. In the verses from 2 Timothy it states that if we keep ourselves pure we will be special utensils for honourable purposes and that God will be able to use us. How many of us have the ‘best china’ in a cupboard or glasses that we only keep ‘for best’? In God’s eyes we are His best china but He doesn’t want us to stay in a cupboard, out of sight, He wants us to shine for Him in our community. As we are starting to look forward to life returning to some form of normality and hoping for the time when we can meet together; my prayer for us all is that we can continue to focus on God and that He will continue to fashion us into the vessels that He needs us to be so that we can serve Him and each other with honourable purpose. Ali