Old Testament Lesson
This is the famous passage of the potter and the clay. The potter shapes the clay into the vessel that he needs it to be. The clay does not exist for it's own glory, but for the glory of the potter. He shapes and molds, he builds and tears down. He softens. He works. He is patient in making the clay into just what he wants it to be.
So is God with us. He is the potter and we are the clay. He works on us. He shapes us. He molds us. He is making us into something to glorify Him. Something to be useful to Him.
Today, He is at work on you. Let Him work. Let Him mold. Let Him fix. Let Him shape. It is for your good and His glory. The potter is working us today, to make us what He wants us to be.
New Testament Lesson
There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Today, in Christ, you are forgiven. Whatever it is, whatever you have done, no matter how bad it might be, through Christ, you are forgiven. Though Christ you can know life and peace and joy and forgiveness. Through the world, through yourself, through the things not of God, we will never know these things. But, through Christ, through the Spirit, we can know life! We can know forgiveness.
Today, through Christ, you can be forgiven!
Through Jesus we will never hunger again. We will never thirst again. We will find life. Think about that. Where all do we chase life? In work, in service, in our hobbies, in our families, in our goals, in all these things. Yet, each of these, even the greatness of family, leave us lacking. We know there must be more.
We are hungry for more. We are thirsty for more. We are craving more. We find what seek in one place. Jesus.