Updated: Dec 15, 2021
“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (ESV).
Last night my friend and I were seeking the Lord and my friend felt that Jesus wanted to play on the strings of our hearts. Immediately after he said that, a scene played in my head of myself and a group of people giving our literal hearts to Jesus in complete surrender. Smiling, Jesus then grabbed our hearts and began to shape them as a potter does with clay into the form of a guitar. He began to play on our newly shaped hearts and as He was playing everybody was dancing and joy and happiness burst out of our inner most being.
Continuing with a smile, Jesus began to reshape our hearts into a sword and instead of dancing, we transformed into fierce courageous warriors, ready to battle and face the enemy. Next, He reshaped our hearts into what appeared to be bright red emoji hearts (ones you would see on your iPhone) and we all began to hug one another and love on and encourage each other. I believe the emoji heart represented the Father’s heart and how we must adopt it in order to truly love one another.
After that, Jesus again reshaped our hearts into a vessel that looked almost like a vase in which you put flowers in. Instead of flowers filling the vase, I saw the Lord Jesus roll up scrolls of His revelation and wisdom and put them inside for us to hold and to carry. I then saw Jesus shape our hearts into a pen, and we began to write down the revelation and wisdom He gave to us in our hearts that were shaped like a vase. There is a season to store up revelation and a season to release it (Daniel 12:4).
The next item the Lord shaped our hearts into was a microphone, and with it I began to see Him speak into our lives. After he spoke, He then gave the microphone to us so that we may be His mouth piece to speak forth His words, which are truth. Finally, I saw Jesus reshape our hearts into this multifaceted tool, like a Swiss army knife but with a shape of a screwdriver, hammer, and saw mixed together. And I began to see Him use us to open doors, close doors, and repair all sorts of different things. Then the scene ended.
The next day, I decided to do a little bit of research on pottery and how it works. For the most part everybody knows that in order for a potter to create something, he or she needs malleable clay to shape, form, and mold that clay into whatever the potter desires to create. However, what I didn’t know before was that in all methods of pottery, it is essential for the clay to absorb a certain amount of water otherwise the clay is too hard to shape and work with. But, if it absorbs too much water, it will make the clay too soft and also unworkable, as the clay will be a runny substance in the potter’s hands.
After some careful thought and prayer, the Lord revealed to me the meaning behind this. The clay not only represents us but also the word of God, while the water represents the spirit of God. A Christian who has the Logos (Gods written word) but no Rhema (Gods spoken word) can be too hard to adjust, shape or form because he or she is set in their ways. They make the word a box God must be contained in. But on the other side, a Christian that has the Rhema but no Logos can be too soft to shape or form because he or she is not properly absorbed into the word, causing a watered-down gospel. They get so caught up in the spirit but are not anchored to the word that they float away into a realm of spiritual weirdness and dare I say toe the line with the new age religions and heresy. We must have both clay and water, Logos and Rhema, and balance them accordingly.
The beautiful thing about this illustration of pottery is that the potter usually douses the clay with just the right amount of water so it becomes ready to shape. Fortunately for us, our potter is perfect and He will always give us the right amount of spirit and truth if we do our part and fully surrender our hearts to Him.
The more we surrender ourselves and our hearts to the Lord, the more malleable we become for Him to shape us into His image and use us for whatever purpose He has in mind. It is a privilege and an honor to be a piece of clay in the hands of Jesus who is the King of kings, Lord of lords, and creator of the universe! As believers, we should want to be His instrument, His weapon, His heart, His vessel, His mouth piece, His tool, etc. We want to be completely at the potter’s mercy and dispense in order to bring forth and build up His kingdom and not our own.
And remember it is not in our place to tell the potter how He should design His clay, for Romans 9:20-21 tells us, “But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?” If we surrender ourselves in the potter’s hands, we are going to be shocked at what He shapes us into and at how mightily He will use us to bring glory unto Himself.
“Clay folds, clay molds, Clay rests, clay sets, clay dances to the tune you love to hum, clay grows into a person you finally become.” – Unknown