by Barbara Latta
I love pottery. Anytime I find a shop with these beautiful works of art, I am drawn to it and mesmerized by the talent these artisans have in their hands. Each piece is unique and reflects the imagination and creativity of the person sitting at the potter’s wheel. I was gifted with a trip to Seagrove, North Carolina for Valentine’s Day. I was in pottery heaven.
While perusing the shops, I saw the differences and the purposes in each piece. The variety is food for the eyes and sates the desires of the purchaser. If each piece of pottery were the same, it would be boring.
It’s the same with us. We are the pots of clay formed by the hand of our Creator. He made each one of us different, with a specific purpose. Sometimes we complain because we don’t like who we are or what we have. We want to be like someone else.
But what if we were? If we were all the same, there would be certain tasks that couldn’t be completed because there wouldn’t be anyone left to do them. We would all look the same and that would be boring. How would we tell each other apart?
“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but it is the same God who works all in all But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all” (I Corinthians 12:4-6).
God is the potter, we are the clay. He has made us each into a vessel for His glory. Paul goes on to compare the parts of the body to the functions of the body of Christ in I Corinthians 12, verses 12-27. Each body part has a reason to be here and we are all to uphold and support each other and to expand the kingdom of God with our particular function.
It’s up to us to pray and seek God’s direction to find the purpose He put into us.
What kind of pot are you? No matter what it is, you were made for the glory of God.