Many people try to live under the old covenant where God has them as clay on the potters wheel and He is still in the process of molding them. The idea is that God puts them through pain and hard times in order to fashion them and then puts them in a really really hot fire of adversity to remove all impurities, so they eventually turn out to be something of value. So… for the present they are just a lump of clay… mold-able… but otherwise still impure, unfinished and unattractive. This kind of teaching is very ‘moldy’ at best.

What is missing here, is that in His death, Jesus took the potters wheel in our place. He took the beating, the painful molding, the fire, the hardest of times and the severest of adversity. He took all of our sin and all of our impurities upon Himself. Out of the fire of His Father’s wrath… He came forth in our place. He brought forth the perfect New Man that you and I are in Him.

So, get yourself off that messy potters wheel today. At best it will just make you dizzy and feel like you are going around in circles. Instead, rejoice in the already molded, “it is finished,” perfect new person that Jesus made you to be… fashioned already in His very image.

When hard times or adversity now come to us, it is not God trying to patch us up or mold us all over again. Rather, testing now comes as opportunities for who we already are to manifest or shine forth… opportunities for the golden quality of our faith to dazzle the world… opportunities for Grace to burst out of our lives and bless those who are yet to experience that Grace!

Thank You, Jesus… for taking the wheel, the pain, the fire and victoriously finishing me! I am done, but yet to be revealed!

From John P. Cwynar