August 14, 2020
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for the common use?
How many of you have had siblings and wondered how did he or she “turn out” that way? You may have even thought to yourself how did I turn out this way? It is amazing how children, raised in the same household, in the same environment, can be so different. One may love to be the center of attention, one may prefer not to be seen, one can run like the wind, the other runs in slow motion, one is “always right” etc., etc.
We are all molded out of the same lump of clay, but God has given us different talents. I thank God for different talents because I could never fix a car or teach algebra, but there are teachers and mechanics around us. I could never pave a street or fix a power line, but there are those that build bridges and are getting power back to homes who have been without power for days. So many have a purpose in our society, but what is more important than our purpose made for the Lord? It is easy to get caught up in our jobs and recreation, but are we busy with the Lord? The Lord made you and me, just the way He intended, for a purpose.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.
We are given talents to glorify Christ Jesus, who has given us a promise of eternal life. What is your talent? How can that skill be used to glorify Christ?
In true Pastor Lombardo fashion, I leave you with three P’s:
We are made by the Potter
For His Purpose
How do you Plan to use His gifts?