“ Extra, Extra”
by Rafael Lara, Worship Ministries Coordinator
“Through no merit of ours, but by His mercy, we have been restored to a right relationship with God through the life, death, and resurrection of His beloved Son. This is the Good News, the gospel of grace.” – Brennan Manning
The potter was working on his next piece. He was carefully molding the clay as he fashioned the object out of what was originally a lump. As it began to take form, the potter’s eyes grew wider and wider. He knew what the piece would look like in the end, although it had far to get there.
Unfortunately, as he built the clay upward there was a defect in the piece. The potter had a choice. He could continue building it up. In his foresight, however, he knew that if he continued that small defect would be detrimental to the piece later. He chose to start over.
If the clay could talk, can you imagine how much of a failure it may have felt like? To have been in the hands of the master potter, only to be crumbled down by the defects it had?
The key to remember is that there’s nothing the clay can do to fix itself. It is fully dependent on the potter to remove the deficiencies and restore it to its best potential.
Think about the areas in your life in which you continue to try to manufacture yourself into a masterpiece. Ask the Lord to lead you and show you how to allow Him to finish the work He began in you.
It is not by anything we do… it is through Him… it is through His love… He is the one who restores us. THAT is the Good News.