Have you ever really thought about a statement that many, if not most of us, has made at one time in our lives — “What an honor” to do this or do that. Most of the time that stream of words is a statement, as in “What an Honor it would be to…” which will end with a period or an exclamation mark instead of the typical question mark. This Series, What An Honour!, is one that has interested me for a long time, but one that eluded me for just as long.
At first, the mind was jogged by a sermon entitled “The Potter’s House” which was preached by Rev. Kevin Broyhill at our church in August 2012. His text was begun in Jeremiah 18:1-6 | KJV which speaks of Jeremiah being stirred up to go down to the Potter’s house to witness first hand what a Potter does with clay. That challenge, coupled with the one heard several years back on “being a vessel of honour”, has made this Series come to life for me by a prompting of the Holy Spirit to find out WHAT the Potter was doing with the Vessel.
What has been discovered is nothing short of AMAZING!!! There is a ribbon of God size proportions for this one – let’s see if the first one comes to your mind, at first I didn’t see it… Quite simply begin with this – we are made of what? Dust, dirt, clay… One of those words ought to get one to thinking – start in Genesis.
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Genesis 2:7 | King James Version
We are created by the Potter, which takes us up as clay, made by His hand. That thought brings us to Isaiah.
“But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”
Isaiah 64:8 | King James Version
Even when we know NOT what is happening or why something may be occurring, we may have cross our minds a familiar to many passage from Job.
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up. Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
Job 33:4-6 | King James Version
We have to trust Him, even when we cannot see what He may be doing – but DO NOT let this be an excuse for us not searching ourselves to see if we have made error in our own judgment. This brings us to the book of Psalms.
“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”
Psalm 40:2-7 | King James Version
Being that vessel created by God’s very OWN hand, we need be mindful that we are to HONOR Him with all that we do. When we have the right perspective and put into the right place our desires, wants and plans, we will honor him, just as is shown to us in I Chronicles.
“For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.”
I Chronicles 16:25-27 | King James Version
In Him are we to know that He is the Potter, with power over us and His making of us as a vessel is one unto honor, we have to seek to be so in all that we do. We are reminded of who has the power over the clay in Romans.
“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?”
Romans 9:21 | King James Version
With some time spent in research, cross-matching and study, something purely amazing was found which has amazed me since first discovering the truth of it. There is a ribbon of Creation throughout the Bible pertaining to being created of the dust, molded/reshaped during our maturing and honouring God with our lives. It begins in Genesis and runs through Revelation. All but 4 books were directly touched by the hundreds of verses researched for this Series.