Being Shaped By God

The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
— Jeremiah 18:1-4 NKJV

The Father is Spirit, and there is nothing biological in Spirit. In order to understand and know the Spirit, we must open the eyes of our heart, and that can come only by believing. Scripture employs anthropomorphic language to describe the Father, attributing to Him physical characteristics such as a head, hands, or feet. This is to help us further understand who the Father is by utilizing language we understand as embodied humans relating to other embodied humans. Indeed, the Father fashioned and made us with His hands. The time He put into making us is beyond human rationale because He made each of us unique. When the Father fashioned us, He created us as a unity of spirit, soul, and body. Man in the garden was a spirit being clothed in flesh. It was only after he sinned that he started to see himself as body, soul, and spirit. As sons of God who have been reconciled in Christ, we recognize that we are no ordinary creatures, but extraordinary spirit beings.

The Holy Spirit is all around us, but most of all He comes to live inside us. He seeks no greater dwelling place than within the framework of His highest creation: man. When we become alive to this fact, a great awakening takes place inside our hearts. It is a nostalgic moment! There is a familiarity of feeling, as if rediscovering something that was missing in our lives; a sense that we have been down this road before. And so it is. We feel a warmth of love that is all too familiar but we cannot figure out until the Holy Spirit ignites a flame within our hearts to see and know the Father.

The Father never forcibly places His hands on our hearts; we must allow Him to do so. He is too much of the considerate and most-admired gentleman—filled with lovingkindness, mercy, grace, and love—ever to violate the free choice that He gave to man. He will continue to give His corrective reminders so that all mankind will understand that He and He alone is our Father. But to those who allow Him into their hearts, He gives the ability to recognize that they are sons of the Father. They grant Him full access to their lives so that His hands can be at work in their hearts.

The Father is the potter and has a right and a left hand. It takes two hands to work the clay that is us. Many are familiar with His right hand, which represents authority and power, but fewer are aware of His left hand, which represents “the dark side.” As we allow Him to work on our hearts, the Father uses both hands, and sometimes it hurts. He begins to take away the scales that have gathered to prevent us from seeing who we are in Him. Remember, the sin of man in the garden of Eden infected humanity with a universal identity crisis. Ever since, man has been in search of himself, trying to discover and restore his original image and likeness. As the Father begins to reshape, reform, restore, refresh, and remold our hearts, we no longer get caught up in the deception of trying to find our image and likeness; the eyes of our hearts are open by the revelation of the Holy Spirit to see that we are the image and the likeness of the Father. Our identity is in Him! As we allow the Father to dwell in us, His hands continue to mold and shape us into vessels of honor. We become the visible manifestation of who the Father is in our lives.

It is a beautiful thing to be given into the hands of the Father, and even more rewarding to have His hands on our hearts. Let us never abandon His process in our lives nor try to find a short cut to escape the pain of being molded by Him, because when He completes His work, we will be vessels capable of carrying His eternal weight of glory.