In this sermon, we ae going to answer the question often asked by Christians, what does the bible say about potter and clay.
I pray God to help you gain the spirit of wisdom and understanding to understand yourself as the clay and God as the potter, hence we are the potters clay.
Bible verses about potter and clay.
There are two outstanding bible verses about the potter and clay and they are:
“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter? Says the lord. “Look as the clay is in the potters hand, so are you in my hand, o house of Israel.Jeremiah 18:6
But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and all we are the work of your hand.Isaiah 64:8.
What the bible says about the potter and clay.
According to the two scriptures we have outlined above, what the bible says about the potter and clay is that God is our creator (potter), while we human beings are the works of his hands (clay).
And as we all know, the clay is always unconscious of his making; and as a result of that it cannot tell the potter how to, or why he makes it the way he does.
The making of clay by the potter.
Now if we look into the many processes of making clay in different cultures, we will discover that there is one process that can never and will never be left out. Because if it does, the clay will crack, break and spoil.
This process is known as firing; and it can simply be explained as the slow application of heat to rid the clay of water particles, organic and inorganic materials etc. and deliver it hard, tightened and strong.
It is this process that perfects the clay.
In modern cultures, a device called electric kiln is used for this firing process. While local potters either dry it by the fire place using firewood, or under the sun which takes a much lone time.
But whatever method is used, the clay can never escape the firing process.
Applying the making of clay to Christianity.
Thus, applying this method to us Christians as Gods clay, it is therefore certain that we cannot escape the miseries: trials, tribulations, pains, sufferings etc. which is but our own firing process.
But this firing does not happen for nothing because, while the clay experiences the torments of heat, those unwanted particles and materials are being expelled from its body and finally renders it perfect for the potter.
That also is the same way the torments we go through as Christians, expels all unholy attitudes from our bodies and renders us perfect for every good works.
No wonder Job, who is the perfect example of Christianity, commented:
Remember, I pray, that you have made me like clay. And will you turn me into dust again.(Job 10:9).
Truly I am as your spokesman before God; I also have been formed out of clay.(Job 33:6).
Moreover, Jesus made Himself an example of true Christianity for us by suffering a shameful death on the cross, and so it is written:
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.(1 Peter 2:21)
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.(2 Timothy 3:12).
How the modern Christians view Christianity.
It is sad to note that, the worldly preachers of this end times has painted Christianity as the way out of all forms of human miseries; thta is sufferings, trials, tribulations, temptations etc.
They mislead their followers into believing that once they accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, all their troubles are gone.
And with this doctrine, they have succeeded in leading many astra;
Because when these new believers begin to see trials and persecutions in their lives, and upon praying incessantly and they refuse to go; they will conclude that God does not exist; that is why He cannot answer prayers.
For how can a God who cares sit by and watch His creatures wallow in miseries.
Why Christanity is not an easy religion.
But I think it is the right time to let the cat out of the bag and let everybody know that; Christianity is not an easy religion, in fact it is the hardest way; Jesus Himself made it known:
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.Mathew 7:13-14.
And told those who were willing to be His followers:
“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.(Mathew 10:38)
Now knowing that we were all made from dust – Genesis 2:7, and the scripture likens us to clay and God to the potter as it is written.
Beloved, I believe that after reading this sermon, you mind will be fully equipped for the true Christian faith so that, whatever you might go through, be it sickness, trials, tribulations, pains, insults, etc. you might have the understanding that God (the potter) is taking you (the clay) though that firing process.
And in a short while you will become hardened, tightened and strong for Him to finish up the final process of panting and giving you the most beautiful design. Therefore:
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, a though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.1 Peter 4:12-13
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you. (1 Peter 5:10).