Preparation Before Participation

Ephesians 2:10 says that the good works He has prepared for us were, “…prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Hebrews 13:21 clues us into His purpose for our trials. It says, “Make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ…” 

We would be incomplete if we resisted the very tool the Lord was using to shape us into the vessel He needs to accomplish His purpose in our lives. When I think of the word ‘working’ my mind always goes back to when I was learning how to do wheel pottery.

The clay is dry and hard. No one can form anything until the clay is prepared properly. It requires a lot of water, kneading, and patience. Once the clay is ready to be shaped, it is placed on a potter’s wheel.

At that point the wheel begins to spin. My hands were too weak to center my clay. My instructor had to place his hands over my hands to help me. The essential step of pressure causes the clay to center in the potter’s hands. Only then can it be shaped.

The Lord uses our trials to center us on Him. Even a mature believer can become distracted and derailed. Philippians 1:6 assures us that what the Lord has begun in our lives He will complete. Psalm 18:30 says, “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

Since His way is perfect, His desire is that we walk in it. He uses our trials as verse 32 says to make our way perfect. Perfect is not perfection, but rather the word used for the maturing process. 

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