Jeremiah 18:6 Get Molded By God

He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.” Jeremiah 18:6

The nation of Israel was raised up by God to be His very own nation. They were there for His purpose, not their own. Since they were there for His purpose, He was to be allowed to mold them into what He wanted. Just as clay is formed by a potter into the pot or vessel that the potter decides, so the nation of Israel was formed as God desired.

Many of the people in Israel refused to be molded by God. They did not want to be the nation or people who God wanted them to be. They had refused to be clay in God’s hands, and in the end God had to destroy their nation and put them in captivity.

Every person and every nation that is on this earth was put here by God. He formed each one to be what He wanted them to be. The sad part of it is, that like Israel, most of the world has chosen to refuse to be what God wants them to be–to be just like Jesus. Following in the footsteps of Adam and Eve, and later Israel, they continue to sin and reject God.

Being molded into what God wants you to be is not always easy or fun. The pressure that is upon you to remove a sin will be heavy, but it will be better than the punishment later for not following God’s will for your life.

Along with being molded to remove sin, God molds you to do what Jesus did on this earth and more. You have to be shaped into what God needs. It has nothing to do with temporary things or comfort, but with all eternity for you and those around you.

Think about how much God could do with you, if you allowed Him to have absolute full control of your life. If you allowed Him to shape you into being exactly like Jesus, how much could He do through you?

Allow God to mold you into a beautiful vessel that He can use to build His kingdom here on this earth for all eternity. Do not be stubborn and refuse His work.

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for your life; that you will allow God to use you; that you will allow God to mold and shape you for His use; and that God will make a difference in this world through you.

John 6:9 Anyone Can Be Used

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will that go among so many?” John 6:9

Jesus had been teaching for an extended amount of time in a remote location. There were about 5,000 men there, not to include any women or children. As it came to evening time Jesus asked about how the disciples were going to feed the people. They did not have any clue as to how to do it. Andrew then brings up a boy with a few loaves of bread and some fish. Jesus blesses the food and feeds everyone with leftovers at the end.

Often people come up against a situation in life that needs a solution and quickly. They look around and do not see any easy solution, while in God’s eyes, the solution is right in front of them.

God can take a very little and make it a lot. Read the rest of the story, they end up with twelve baskets full of left over bread crumbs. That is more than they started with.

In my family of just ten people, we can go through a whole loaf of bread in one meal easily. How can five loaves feed 5,000? It is by the work of God. He multiplied the loaves to meet the need.

Along with taking just a little food to feed the many, Jesus also used a boy. Most people do not even look at a child as a solution to a major food issue.

Many people also look at themselves like a child. They feel they are too small to really do anything big for God. They do not see how God can possibly use them in a real way.

Compared to God, you and I are nothing. You really have nothing of value, except giving your own self. Give God your life and you have given Him the most valuable thing available. God can then use you and what little you have to do great things.

Are you a willing little child? Are you available to God? Are you willing to give God what you have to use for His glory? Seek God today on how you can be used by Him. You may be surprised at what can happen.

I pray today that God will reveal to you how He can use you; that you will be willing to be used by God; that you will trust God with what you have; that God will work miracles through you; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Luke 16:15 What God Values

“He said to them, You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” Luke 16:15

Jesus just talked about being faithful with a little and being careful how you handle worldly wealth. His point was to not love money. The Pharisees were upset with this statement.

Very directly, Jesus points out that the Pharisees were in the wrong and God knew it. They try to make themselves look good and justify all of their actions. They would enforce people to pay tithes and offerings in the name of building the ministry, yet it was more to fill their pocket books and own desires.

These types of actions can be seen even today. There are ministries out there that are constantly talking about needing you to give more and more. Often it is to build a bigger church building, or redecorate the current one.

It is not that some of these needs are actually needed, but is it always God’s desire? Is it building the kingdom of God or is it building man’s kingdom?

Jesus stated that what is highly valued in man’s eyes is detestable in God’s eyes. Man values large beautiful buildings, large titles and positions, large bank accounts, and anything that looks good.

God values humility, service, love, compassion, and a heart that seeks Him and Him alone. Your life should be one that seeks to lift God up and build His kingdom up. Use the things of this world for that purpose.

You can gain the entire world and all that it has to offer, but it cannot give you true peace or eternal life, and you cannot take it with you.

God’s heart is to draw all people to Him, to save every man, woman and child. Is your heart the same way? Do you desire to be a witness to every person you meet? Value today what God values.

I pray today that God will fill your heart with His desires; that you will learn to value what God values; that you will desire to point others to Jesus; that you will use the things of this world to build God’s kingdom; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 2:6 Not the Least

“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” Matthew 1:6

Jesus was born and Magi were coming to worship Him. King Herod heard about this and was disturbed. He was the king, so why would people start coming to worship a new-born baby? As King Herod looks into this, he finds out where Jesus was to be born.

The priests and teachers tell him that this person was to be born in Bethlehem and they quote verses from Micah 5:2, 4. Over 400 years before, Micah had prophesied that a ruler would come out of Bethlehem to lead the people.

Bethlehem had not been known as a town that raised up kings. Nor did the kings set up their throne in Bethlehem. It was looked at as a small insignificant town. Yet, God had very big plans for that town.

Out of this “small” town would come a ruler who would lead all of Israel. His rule would then cross national boundaries and go across the entire world. He would become the long sought for Messiah.

Many times in life you may look at your own life the same way the people of Bethlehem looked at their town: small and not worth much. You may look at your life and ask yourself who you are to do anything of value for God.

While it is true that in and of yourself you have no real value, it is not true in God’s sight. God sees you of high value and great importance to His kingdom. Jesus paid the price of death to get you into God’s kingdom. Although you may see yourself as least, God sees you as a great leader. Every believer is called a priest and will one day be a ruler.

God fills you with His Holy Spirit to guide you and strengthen you. With God all things are possible. God is more than willing to use you to do great things for Him.

Keep yourself open to being used by God. Be willing to be used. God may use you to change an entire nation, or He may use you to change the lives of some people. Either way, it is a mighty job for God’s kingdom. Think about it, if one person comes to salvation in Jesus through you, you saved a person from death. What greater honor is there than that? You are not least when God is with you.

I pray today that God will show you works to do for Him; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will allow yourself to be used to build His kingdom; and that you will see how valuable to God’s kingdom you are in Jesus.