Estes Echo

God Can Reshape Us
Jeremiah 18

It is easy in this world of ours to become spiritually side-tracked. Spiritual distractions come at us in many forms, such as movies, TV, friendships, habits, addictions, bad decisions, temptations, social media, etc., all of which can negatively affect us. We must be on guard as Satan uses every means possible to distract us from serving and living for our God. All of us have been there, not only distracted but spiritually broken as well.

Thankfully this distracted broken condition does not have to be a permanent one. We have a wonderful God that can take spiritual brokenness and rework it, reshape it into spiritual goodness. All that is required is repentance and turning one’s heart back over to Him.

Let’s look at Jeremiah 18:1-6, particularly verses 3-6:

3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

God makes it clear that just as a potter can reshape and rework the clay, God can do the same with his children.

Just look at the apostle Paul who considered himself ahead of all others in being in a state of sinfulness (1 Tim 1:15), yet God reshaped him into one of His greatest followers. It happened because Paul’s heart was right and ready for repentance as he realized his error and sin. It happened because a great merciful God was willing to give second chances and could reshape Paul into His goodness.

If you find yourself distracted or broken, take the first step of repentance and follow Doug Burleson’s advice from a recent sermon, “As Long as we are still on the wheel, God can reshape us too!”.

Stay on the wheel and allow God to work!

–Mark Scott