Of all the craftsmen I am aware of – wood carving, ironworks, sculpting, painters, and potters – only the latter, the potter, uses his hands as the primary tools to mold and shape the material (clay) into the desired form. The other craftsmen must use tools, but the potter can and does directly touch the material to work it into what shape he wants.
The Bible tells us that God is the potter and we are the clay. Isaiah 64:8 says, “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” The old hymn Have Thine Own Way includes a powerful prayer in the first verse:
Have Thine own way, Lord; have Thine own way.
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will;
While I am waiting; yielded and still.
Author Adelaide Pollard captures the essence of both pottery making and disciple making in those brief lines: He identifies the roles where God is the Craftsman and I am the raw material to be shaped into something useful and pleasing to Him. Pollard then describes the submission required in order for the vessel to be formed. “Mold me…after Thy will” declares that the clay has no say. Notice the key word in the last line: yielded. The clay yields to the loving, skilled hands of the potter to be fashioned into a useful thing.
Friend, if you are a true follower of Christ, yield your life – all of it – to the Potter’s hands while you trust His heart to mold and make of you something needful for Kingdom work and for His glory. The trials and tribulations you face in life are the pinches and rubs of the Potter’s hands shaping you to His liking and use.