I made the mistake recently of jumping on Pinterest in search of DIY fall decorations. I should know by now that I'm either going to get overwhelmed by all of the ideas and won't do anything; or I'll decide on something that will turn out NOTHING like the instructions pictured it would. :)
What I found, though, was a surprising variety of pots! There were planters of all shapes and sizes, window boxes, baskets, and (my favorite) the little 2 in. terra-cotta pots. Of course even the terra-cotta pots came in many materials like clay, stone, plastic and wood.
I'm sad to report that I gave up my search without embarking on one of the projects, but I was reminded of a verse in 2 Timothy 2 that calls US pots! Verse 20 of this chapter says that in a great house there are not only containers of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable use.
I've heard pastors teach on this verse comforting the people by telling them that not everyone can be a gold or silver container; and that God can still use you even if you're a little clay pot. As I went on to the next verse (21) it said "if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a container for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work."
So if we are not being used by God like we desire to, it's up to us to cleanse ourselves and become the gold and silver pots. It's not God's plan for us to stay little mud pots! He has great work for each of us to do if we will prepare ourselves.
I love how the message translation of 2 Tim. 2:20-21 puts it...
" In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing."
Who wants to be a compost bucket all their lives??? Not me! :) I'm excited about letting God make me more and more like him as I am changed into his glorious image. (2 Cor. 3:18)