Life is full of interesting twists and turns. My life isn’t what I expected or planned it to be but it’s wonderful. I am lucky to say I have had adventures and made so many wonderful friends along the way but that isn’t enough. Life will always have highs and lows and if you aren’t rooted and working towards something then you’re left to ride those waves without a life preserver.
I enjoy life but that’s not my sole purpose. My purpose is to serve God and to be a instrument for Him. I am His instrument to be used how He sees fit. In Jeremiah 18, we see the analogy of the potter and the clay. God is the potter and we are the clay. He will mold us and shape us into the design He deems necessary to complete His work.
“Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”
– Jeremiah 18:6
Have you ever made something out of clay? Sometimes you take off bits and pieces as you shape it into the perfect object but it’s what you decide! The clay doesn’t tell you that it would prefer to be a vase instead of a cup. You are the designer and have the final say in what type of object you’re making. It’s the same way with God. We might think that we know what’s best or what’s right but ultimately God is in charge of our design. He created us and knows what works for us and what doesn’t. He has the full picture and can make the best decisions.
I don’t know about you but I have a past that includes questionable decision making skills. For a few years it seems as if everything I wanted and chose was detrimental to myself. In the same way a two year old cannot be trusted to make the best decisions neither can we, no matter what our age. Maybe you’re the exception and generally make the right decisions but even then I bet your record isn’t 100% – God’s is. He is never wrong.
We were designed for a specific reason. If we allow Him to fully control our lives imagine what they could look like. They won’t be perfect – that won’t occur until Jesus’ return but they’ll be overflowing with fruit.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a mane remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 (NIV)
We aren’t the tree – we’re merely branches on the tree. If we aren’t doing God’s work, then we aren’t producing fruit, which is our job. If you don’t produce fruit, then you’re a dead branch and will be pruned away. Throughout the Bible, we are shown to be instruments of our God. The most successful people are the ones who recognize that they are nothing without Christ and submit themselves to be used as instruments for the glory of God.
How are you allowing yourself to be used? If you’re not bearing fruit is there something that you need to submit to God? I love hearing from y’all!