Be a New Lump

“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:”

(1 Corinthians 5:7)

I have never met a person called a “master potter.” I know they exist. I have seen quality pottery. I have eaten a couple of delicious meals, prepared and served in a clay pot, each vessel chosen, I assume, from a particular lump of raw clay. A master potter has chosen the clay, and, as it is placed upon the potter’s wheel, he knows where and how to place his hands to shape the clay into the vessel he has chosen to create for a special purpose. The wheel spins at just the right speed. The clay is mixed with adequate water to keep it pliable, as his hands continue to mold and form, and the wheel continues to spin.

Only the potter knows what the finished piece will be, what it will look like, what it may be used for, whether it will be placed upon a mantle, just to be gazed upon, or if it will hold fruit and sit upon a lace-covered dining room table to be admired and offer up its fruit.

Let us consider the vessel made for cooking. It has gone through the same whirling ordeal as other masterpieces, but has ended up tucked away in the confines of the cupboard, surrounded by metal frypans and soup pots. When it is time to be used, it is filled full of a mélange of ingredients, heated to an uncomfortable temperature, kept at that heat for a period of time, then firmly placed on a rough-hewn table before thankful or unthankful, hard-working human beings, scarfed up and perhaps ending up sitting on the floor for the family pet to enjoy the scraps, washed up, dried off and laid aside until next time.

May our lives, no matter what the service, bear the signature of the master potter.

“… Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? …”

(Isaiah 45:9)

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