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Made for a Purpose

By Jill Briscoe

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Is. 64:8).

My self-esteem received a boost when I realized that the Heavenly Potter does not have an assembly line. Each piece has been handmade; each pot is totally unique. Each is beautiful in its very own way, especially when standing on the right shelf, fulfilling the function the designer had in mind for it. For example, a pitcher should pour well, without dripping, have a handle that is easily grasped, and be strong enough to carry the weight it will hold. It has been made for a specific job.

God has shaped us within and without for the function of our future, having a specific place and use for us. He said of the apostle Paul “…he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles” (Acts 9:15 NKJV). This man was chosen for the function of his future and painted with the colors of his culture. Decorated with his Jewish heritage and patterned by his marvelo…

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