“I had succumbed to one of the most primal idolatries, using God as a tool to have life on my terms.” – Jamin Goggin
Quoted from “The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb” by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel
Made more potent by the verses the authors quoted in the next paragraph
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ESV)
Read those verses before, can quip a portion of them to anyone struggling. His grace is sufficient…for you. Easy to say to someone else, harder to put into practice for oneself.
What weakness do I boast of? Where do I let His power work through me? Where do I allow His grace to shine through? So often I find myself trying to overcome my weaknesses, hiding them, working around them. Why? I’ve been posting about that answer for several weeks…pride. Self-image, self-focus…self.
I have often been guilty of using God to have life on my terms. Shaping scripture to meet my needs. Picking out the stuff that supports my way…and leave the rest behind. I’m also aware I’m not the only one. We all need to examine…are we serving God, the God of scripture? Or are we creating a different god, one who serves us, and has only a vague similarity to the One in scripture?
We are to be images of Christ. Putting others first. Serving. Washing feet. Sacrificing. When we look at ourselves…a spiritual mirror, if you will…we should see Him…not ourselves. We get there by letting Him work through our weakness, allowing His power shape us into His image. We need to leave our hands off the clay…and let the Potter do His work.
But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8 ESV)
“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’? (Isaiah 45:9 ESV)
Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? (Romans 9:21 ESV)
“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. (Jeremiah 18:6 ESV)