earthen vessel

God showed me why He loves us so much by reminding me that He created each of us, so we are His treasured possessions.  Psalm 100:3 states, “Know that the Lord is God.  It is He who made us, and we are His….”

While in corporate worship today, I could see front and center in my mind’s eye a piece of pottery that my husband made and uses to hold business cards and other things.  God brought to light so much symbolism from this handcrafted piece of work!

First of all, it was made by Jon and therefore, is cherished by him.  It is painted in the colors blue and white which represent the colors of purity and royalty.  God wants us to know that because we are His sons and daughters, we are a royal priesthood, purchased by the blood of the Lamb and washed clean from our sins.

Just as the little bowl cannot hold all of the treasures that Jon has, nor are we supposed to contain everything, but instead, allow the treasures of God to spill over into the lives of others.

Lastly, the unique design on the bowl reminds me of flames.  Fire represents the Holy Spirit, and all who believe upon Jesus as their Savior are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13).  But God showed that we can also be consumed by the Holy Spirit, just like the little bowl is covered in the design of the flames.  Remember when John the Baptist announced that Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew  3:11)?  We too can have lives marked by this baptism of fire.

2 Cor. 4:7 brings it all together:  “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

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