(A reflection from Pastor Marion Ingegneri)
A potsherd is a broken piece of pottery. These are generally found in archaeological sites but the Bible uses this word to create a powerful word picture.
But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? Romans 9:20-21
“Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’? Isaiah 45:9
This word picture of a potsherd is so vivid that it shouts out for a response. We are but potsherds…broken, unused, and tossed to the wayside until the gospel comes to our life. When it does… these broken, unused, and tossed to the wayside “potsherds” often rise up against the way the Lord wants to shape, restore, and revision our lives. We are potsherds restored by the cross. This perspective reminds us that we do not own our life but we are slaves to the gospel. We are on His mission and not our own.
Lord, I remember that I am but a potsherd restored by your amazing grace. Your love has given me new purpose. You sacrificed your life for me, therefore, the purpose and destiny of my life is in your hands. Open my heart to hear greater purpose and to know that I am on mission with you. Lord, may I become more intentional about life and ministry. I pray that I am reminded that I was once a potsherd without purpose; but now, I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21).
May our ears be open to hear what You want to say in regards to anything that must come into alignment with Your purposes. Remind us all that we are no longer potsherds but we are clay in Your hand… We invite you to do and say as You will in our lives.