Dear Clay, Stop Telling Your Maker What You'll Be
I'm a bit distressed right now (though I can tell you, God is not). Even though Jesus, Paul, Peter and the rest warned us that many would be led astray, and the love of many would grow cold, I never expected it to happen in my lifetime. Yet here it is: many believers are trading in the Good News of the Kingdom for a false Gospel. Many believers are looking at the Scriptures and saying "this does not apply any more. The Culture was different when it was written than the culture is now." This is a literal statement I heard recently. What it states is "Certain Scriptures are not dependent on being the word of God, they apply only to the culture to which it was written." To quote a sister in Christ who recently discussed this on a video: "Were' out of order."
God is the Potter, we are the clay, but we the clay are demanding what we can be made in to. We are telling God how to run His church. We are telling God that He can't set the boundaries and roles within the church, because it's no longer culturally acceptable. Here's the problem, though: Jesus was crucified because He wasn't culturally acceptable! When has being a follower of Christ EVER been about being culturally acceptable? The Prophets, Christ, and the Apostles, and many, many disciples since and to this very minute have been and are persecuted for following Christ, which is NEVER culturally acceptable. Why? Because when we stand with God, we stand against a world in rebellion. Our job isn't to make faith in Christ more attractive to outsiders. Our CALLING is to stand with God, even as the rest of the world willingly goes to the fire. When it comes down to it, if we're willing to compromise in some of the Scripture, there's no limit to what we're willing to compromise in next unless we repent and say "Lord, your way only!" Dear clay, stop telling your maker what you'll be. Conform to His hands, He knows you, and knows how to get you to your fullest potential. He will make you a worthy vessel in spite of yourself; TRUST Him, let Him shape you! Isaiah 45:8-13 “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the LORD have created it.
“Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’? Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’ or to a woman, ‘With what are you in labor?’”
Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and the one who formed him: “Ask me of things to come; will you command me concerning my children and the work of my hands? I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host. I have stirred him up in righteousness, and I will make all his ways level; he shall build my city and set my exiles free, not for price or reward,” says the LORD of hosts.