When I demonstrate my skill on the potter's wheel I always make a
pitcher. The clay for it must first be crushed, washed, mixed, aged,
and tested before use on the wheel. With firm yet gentle pressure I
shape it into a unique and pleasing form. Afterwards it is dried and put
in the fire. Then is it ready to use.
A pot is not just to be admired for its beauty but is designed to serve
others. It must be filled to be of any use. What is in it determines its
usefulness. It may contain living water for those who thirst, pure
milk of the word to nourish the hungry, oil of gladness for the
sorrowing, balm of Gilead for the wounded, or new wine of God's love for
the needy. But it must be poured out or it will stagnate and sour or
grow rancid with disuse.
Each of us have a God given gift, a way of serving not only God but each
other. "...we have this treasure in earthen vessels..."
II Corinthians 4:7
So be like Christ, who came to serve not to be served. Let Him pour His
life, love and healing into those around you. Be "a vessel for honor,
sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work".
II Timothy 2:21