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Do not be rigid

I think being rigid is a part of our human nature. By being rigid, I mean being inflexible and stuck in our ways. Often times this can keep us from receiving a blessing from the Lord. This blessing could be assistance with a personal struggle or addiction, or it can be to help build a relationship with someone we care about. However, to be able to receive the fullness of the Lord’s blessings in our lives we need to stop being so rigid. When we are rigid, we grow stagnant and refuse to grow into the best version of ourselves. We need to learn how to be moldable for the Lord and this will be the focus of this devotional today.

Isaiah 64:8 identifies God as the creator (potter) and humanity as a lump of clay. I believe that this is not a coincidence. It is the best example that a human can have when attempting to identify themselves with their creator. A lump of clay starts off rough around the edges and has to be slowly molded into what the potter wants. Then, the potter slowly starts to make some changes and takes a step back. The potter may want to slowly change some things about the piece of clay or make some drastic changes to the piece of clay. However, the potter is always looking and molding that piece of clay so it can be the best version of his idea before the potter places the piece of clay in the oven to bake. The reason why the potter puts so much work into the clay is that they want to make a perfect vessel. It does not matter whether the potter is making a cup or a bowl, the same amount of effort must be made to complete the process. However, the wonderful thing about this process is how the potter is constantly molding the clay until it is ready to stand firm (by baking the clay).

Like a potter, the Lord wants to mold and sculpt us to a better version of ourselves. He does this by slowly taking away some things, and at other times, rapidly changing our perspectives or surroundings. God does this because He loves us and wants to be continuously growing. We need to understand that none of us is a perfect creation. We will always need some adjustments throughout our life. This adjustment can be our attitudes or the relationships we allow ourselves to be a part of. However, if we get too rigid and stuck in our ways, the Lord will not be able to mold us further because we are not willing to bend for Him.

I think the apostle Paul stated it best when he identified that a lump of clay can be made into something of honorable use (Romans 9:21). The message Paul wrote is the same message that I am wanting to share with everyone here today. Each and every one of us can be made into something honorable that God can use to glorify Himself. However, we cannot do this if we are stuck in our ways. We need to be able to be molded into what God wants us to be and not what we want ourselves to become. When we can do this, we can receive the full blessings the Lord wants to provide us. However, if we cannot, we are not only robbing ourselves of the fullness of the Lord’s blessings in our lives.

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you allow us to never get rigid and that you mold us into something that you can use. Let our bodies be useful to you for the furthering of the Gospel of your son. I pray that our life can bend and move with the guidance of your Holy Spirit in our daily walk. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

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