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How A Jar Changes
by Steve Countryman
8/02/2011 / Christian Living
When you think of the amount of time that you have here on earth compared to eternity it is just a spec in time. Now consider your size and space that you occupy here on earth, just a spec. Compare that to the size of our planet. Now compare that to the size of our solar system. Now compare your tiniest size of a spec to the size of our galaxy. Compare that to the size of the universe. Both specs are the tiniest of size in both space and time. You are a spec in both time and space and have your limits, but God isn't limited to or governed by time or space. God can be any size He chooses and can be everywhere all at the same time. Now I am amazed that God knows all about this tiny spec, me, and that He cares and loves this spec in spite of me!
Recently in prayer I had a vision of what a regular jar of clay looked like. The jar was an average looking type of jar of clay, but what a difference after God was through with it. It now looks more like an alabaster type of container with a silver collar around the shoulders at the top of the container and the bottom also had a silver base on it. In between there were these thin silver rods that were connected at the top collar area down to the bottom plate where they were connected. The rods were evenly spaced apart so they didn't hide the jar beneath.
The new vessel represents several different things. The average jar now clothed in silver was decorated and prepared for royal service. It now has a divine design and purpose. The collar around the top adds protection while the base adds a solid foundation that won't crack, crumble or faulter under the bottom of the jar. The tie rods that connect the top collar to the solid base represents stability. The silver also supports and protects the container from damage and abuse. The new jar was not overly ornate but easily spotted as a special type of jar. Decoratively engraved in the metal top collar piece were the different names of God. The new jar conveys to others who owns this jar and that it has a royal purpose.
Your clay jar starts off like everybody else's. You try hard to keep the outside clean for that is what everyone easily sees. Regardless how clean you try to keep the outside it's what's inside that counts. The inside is full of worldly influence and a sinful lifestyle. It is full of fear, doubt and selfishness. What is inside will surely spill out and dirty the outside. You make the choice if you want the master potter to take over your life and change you. He clothes you in His righteousness as He decorates His jar. At the time of salvation the Holy Spirit starts His work in you by removing all the dirt and filth to prepare the jar for usage and to hold the Glory of the Lord's presence, Jesus. The more junk, old bad habits and addictions that are removed the more room for Jesus. God delights and takes pleasure in His new reclaimed jars. The problem is by staying a slave to sin of your past mistakes, flaws, failures and faults you allow them to determine your future and define who you are.
That is what is so awesome about God the Father; He washes you inside and out. Your past no longer defines you because God now does! You no longer are tied to the past nor do you live in the past. You now receive God's present and His future that you rely on and trust in. God has a plan and a future for you. "To prosper you and not harm you." The decorated jar that you now represent is His covering over you. It represents ownership, purpose and a divine appointment. The jar is still visible beneath only to show what the jar used to be like but now shines with an inner beauty of Jesus and an outer purpose.
Part of God's divine appointment for you is that you, as a jar of distinction, are required to spill God's goodness, blessings, favor, presence, love and Shekinah glory everywhere you go. For God will overflow you with His daily provisions, benefits and blessings. You are God's representative to the world and a witness to His love. Are you ready?!?
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