Are you a Cracked Pot?
Several years ago I attended a ladies Conference where the speaker was Pasty Clairmont. In her talk she used a phrase, “God uses Cracked Pots”.
I have never forgotten that phrase. In returning home I was working in my garden and I picked up a clay pot to plant something and found out it was all cracked. Now ladies, the natural thing to do is throw this pot away. I choose to keep it! I taped it up with clear tape, put dirt in it, a small artificial plant and a small sign that read “GOD USES CRACKED POTS.” That pot brings to my mind that in my weakness He is strong through me. Romans 9:21 ” Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor and another unto dishonor?” The LORD will not toss out a broken pot. Being complete in Him means that everything we need is in Christ. 2 Peter 1:3 says, “According as His divine power has given unto to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue.” Did you catch it in that verse? We have enough and are complete in Christ because of the knowledge of Him that has called us.
When we fail – when we blow it – there is no rejection from the Lord, only forgiveness and mercies new every day. How freeing it is in our lives to know that it is not about me and my performance but that I am in Christ and He is enough. I am complete when I am in His will for my life. I have been a Pastors wife and I have been a homeschooling Mom. I know how quickly we can let performance be the guide and the gauge of our spirituality. I stumble, I fail in my own strength as a Christian woman, but I bring to mind His mercy towards me and I am forgiven and cleansed and made fit for the task before me. Sometimes I feel more like a crack-pot rather than a CRACKED Pot!!!! (And those who know me might agree!) So every time I pass that cracked pot in my bathroom I am renewed in the knowledge of who I am in Christ and Christ is doing the work in me and frankly that brings a smile to my face and joy in my soul that is hard to comprehend. Oh ladies, stop today and think and be grateful – He has chosen cracked pots and sinners saved by grace to be used for His glory. I leave you with a thought from Elizabeth Elliot: “The Recognition of Who God is is a lifetime process.