The Potter's House Pt 3: The Call of The Wheel
Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Jeremiah 18:2, 3
There is so much to touch on in this lesson that I am not certain that I can get it all in; and maybe at this point you have already decided to cease reading, but the truth be told, we have too many Christians that are lip service believers, I in fact, was one of them. They speak with their mouth all things “godly” but their heart is far from the God they talk about.
I found this to be true in my own life, I talked a big game, but when God began to deal with the junk in my heart that was overshadowed with religion, I found out that I needed to answer the call of the Wheel many times over. Just because a person gets “saved” and starts going to church; it does not take away your ability to do what is in your flesh. You still know how to cuss, you still know how to commit adultery, you still know how to throw a tantrum, you still know how to masturbate, fornicate, kill, steal, think nasty, talk nasty and be nasty, because IN YOUR FLESH DWELLS NOTHING GOOD, it is marred, and this is why God must render it dead in order to allow us to reap the benefits of the wheel’s call.
The calling of the wheel is to bring you and me to our LOVE confession. The wheel of transformation is asking with every spin, DO YOU LOVE GOD?
Not that casual sugar coated love, but that love that surrenders up ALL, to gain Him that is ALL IN ALL. II Corinthians 4:16-18 underscores the purpose of the wheel by saying, “16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
My favorite verse is in Ephesians 4:24, which reads, “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” In other words the righteousness and true holiness is what is already purposed in God for my expression, but the reality of that creation has to be formed in you and me. Telling people we are Christian does not bring us to it, but getting on the wheel announcing our love through every spin, every squeezing, and every press of the hands establishes the evidence of righteousness and true holiness in us. I love HIM more than lying, more than sexual promiscuity, more than drugs and alcohol, more than cussing, more than my house, my car, or my status.
Christ loved us by forsaking all, and the return on investment, is that we, who hear the voice of the Bridegroom calling, must answer by denying our self of the self that we think ourselves to be.
Everywhere you turn today, many claim the faith of Christianity, and yet there are no consistent showings that Christ resides. Even when we look for the evidence of the Holy One, it is easy to become discouraged because most have settled for greater victory to take place when we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be, when we all see Jesus, we will sing and shout the victory.
You and I may feel the need to celebrate upon our arrival, but I believe that many will be disappointed when the Lamb that was slain, opts out from the celebration, because we have failed to become as HE is in this present world. Christ in you, the expectation of glory is the Lord’s expectation, but many of us on the earth are filled with a totally opposite expectancy. I have come to learn that God is not looking to see how much stuff I can obtain in the natural, but HE wants to fill me with a hunger and a thirst for righteousness, to move me into Kingdom authority that I may fulfill my kingdom assignment upon the Earth, to be the praise and glory of HIS name. Christ did not die upon the cross to make way for building projects of brick and mortar, but HE is come to build the lively stones as one spiritual house that is held together by the eternal substance of love.
A selfless kingdom of love that is able to empty themselves of all attachments having only one desire, and that is what they seek after.
I learned although, I was in church for years and years and doing ministry, as I thought; preaching and teaching I was given the startling revelation, I was not transformed. There were places in me that could still be touched, sensitive to the sin call, even if I hadn’t acted on them, they were there, in my clay, untouched, unfired, dormant, awaiting the opportunity to strike, to fulfill the innate passions of the stinking flesh that was overshadowed with religion and moral goodness.
The cry of the flesh goes out, “23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin (Romans 7:23-25).
How many Christians are sitting up in the pews wishing they were in bed with someone that is not their spouse legally and biblically? How many are fighting a flesh battle of homosexuality and lesbianism while singing, “Nearer my God to thee?” Beloved in your flesh there is a DEAD BODY that has a life of its own, a life of self will, and a will to exalt itself above God.
These days, everyone flaunts the title of being a Christian, but what does this really mean?
Does it mean I go to church and do good things, sing on the choir, give sizeable offerings until I go to my mansion in the sky?
I think not, to be a Christian, initially meant that we who profess to be such, were to be like Christ.
To be like Christ takes place by the shaping hands of The Potter, to bring us to that sanctified place wherein we are made into that glorious image of the first born among many brethren.
We hold fast to our flesh, as Linus holds tightly to his security blanket while sucking his thumb always conscious of insecurity. Believers that profess change, but are not changed will find themselves conscious of the flesh, of sin, and of the devil. We are made to be conscious of God, and in order to do this effectively we must allow ourselves to be handled upon the wheel of transformation, as we are called to lay down the old man Adam, and put on the new man, Christ.
I recall those days of preaching but being so far from what I taught because it became easy to hide in the church community; as long as I met my obligations or my outward show, it was easy to be like those that I was in the midst of, and yet, not be at all like the Christ.
I am spending a great deal of time here on this point of loving God, because the Bible is very clear on the evidence and effectiveness of love at work within us.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 1 John 4:7 (King James Version)
Note what the verse says, “…and EVERY ONE THAT LOVETH IS BORN OF GOD…” which simply means as an indication of your birthing in God it is validated by your ability to operate in love, because LOVE IS OF GOD. In fact, view I John 4:7 in the Amplified Bible: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].”
It seemingly suggests that love is a revealer; it increases the flow of God in our life bringing about progressions in our knowledge, understanding and perception of God. Look at the attributes of the LOVE OF GOD or the LOVE FROM GOD. It is not your ability to love, but it is God’s ability to love through you. We cannot love our brother or mankind through our own grace, and get this, we cannot even love God, HE enables us by working the ability to love, in us, and it is not us that accomplish this, but God through us. In essence when we die to ourselves as we are on the wheel being called to love and to purpose, in the words of Galatians 2:20, (please hear this in the Amplified: I (we) have been crucified with Christ [in Him I (we) have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I (we) who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me (us); and the life I (we) now live in the body I (we) live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me (us) and gave Himself up for me (us).
The kingdom’s constitution is founded on love, the agapeo love of God, love without conditions; it is what God is. The kingdom of God is a love filled society and our birthing into it initiated in love, “….the life we now live in the body we live by faith in the Son of God, WHO LOVED US AND GAVE HIMSELF UP FOR US.” This selfless act was done before we were born, before we were ever engaged in the actions of the sin nature, while we were sinful, Christ yet, DIED FOR US, without regard of us accepting HIM as Savior, Lord and King. This is why the citizens of the kingdom, not of the physical structures we call churches, but the lively stones are called to love.
Vertically and horizontally we are called to love one another and to love God with every part of ourselves because it is the nature of the kingdom, not duty, not religious dogma, it is what is natural to do. When we allow the workmanship of the Potter to take place upon the wheel we move progressively away from being a lip-service believer, unto the realm of hearing the Word and doing the Word.
Additionally, the wheel calls you and me to the place of purpose. It calls us the build the Ark, it positions us to lead a people out of Egypt, and it grooms us to lead a people to land possession; being transformed brings us to the place of purpose in the Lord. We all have a purpose and it must be understood by each of us at some point in our life. We are bought with a price, and we are not our own, especially when we confess with our mouth and believe with our heart that the Lord Jesus was raised from the dead. Dear Reader, you do not belong to yourself; you were and every man before you, and every man after you, was purchased through the shed blood of Calvary’s cross over two-thousand years ago. Your purpose is embroidered in the finish work of Christ, to position you and me where we rightfully belong on the Earth as sons (mature ones) of God.
I go in greater detail regarding this purpose in my writing, which I hope to publish very soon in a book entitled, “The Garden Commission,” which highlights the original and true mandate of all men that grace the stage called the Earth. When we fully understand the work of God as The Potter and need for the wheel of transformation becoming less resistant to the will of God, we understand Jeremiah 29:11 more readily when it says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
We can rest in the Lord, knowing that God is fully aware of His plan and thoughts for our life; for every test, every obstacle is strategic in bringing us to an EXPECTED END. There will be no surprises on the part of God and there should not be any on our part, because the God we serve does not make a mistake; HE is all knowing, all encompassing, all wise, and there is nothing hid from His face. He is the planner, and He knows what HE is looking for as the visible expression of glory and honor to ooze from our forming and shaping. God is not guessing what we will be; HE already knows what we will be, because HE saw it in Christ, and before Christ.
Religion has failed many who partook of its meat, only to find that religion weakened the power of God being manifested in them. No wonder the Writer said that the form of godliness denounces the power of God. To be a vessel worthy of God’s choosing, we must relinquish our will to the will of the eternal Spirit to work in us the love and purpose of God; each and every day of our lives on Earth.The Potter works diligently to bring us to manefestation, not to make us religious, but to reveal another son in order that we might go forth as our Elder Brother did proclaiming the acceptable year of the Father. The prophet Obadiah understood that God was never intent on having one son, but many sons when he wrote: “And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD's (Obadiah 1:21).
At the making of God’s hands, the yielded and trusting soul shall become an instrument in the administration of God as a “savior” to judge Esau (symbolic for the flesh), to establish the rule of God in the Earth. Many of us get locked into a petty understanding of why we are to be made upon the wheel of transformation, thinking that the highest honor in the church is to be a spiritual leader like unto a pastor; do not get me wrong, the leadership role of pastor has its responsibility; but the ultimate assignment of the Holy Spirit is to make us tools of judgment of Esau. Biblically speaking, Esau was a man after the flesh, “a man of the field” – see Gen.25:27, a hunter, having no regard for his birthright, placing his hunger for flesh over the honor of being in line for the inheritance.
Without the important process of transformation the house of God will be void of sons (saviours) if you will, that can bring forth the Truth of God’s word in living form if they themselves are given to the appetites and cravings of the flesh.
Churches in some respect have dropped the ball when it comes to presenting the membership with the challenge of becoming the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. The world is in a mess, because in large part, the church or those who claim to be of the church, have not rendered themselves dead to sin and alive unto God. The assemblies are filled with a people that are given to idolatry bringing forth an image that is indicative of Caesar. This is why I wrote earlier, we must render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.
God is looking for HIS image and likeness in us, not our denomination, not what our father and mother taught us, not what the educational system have schooled us in; just HIS image, HIS likeness; a people that are called by HIS name (nature); in other words, they are positioned in the Earth as HIS ambassadors of righteousness and true holiness, because they bear in their body HIS death, HIS burial, and HIS resurrection. The forming on the wheel speaks of the true meaning of Christianity; it is to be transformed into another. NO LONGER I THAT LIVES…..but Christ!
What a powerful statement; a truth to be realized by all who profess the belief in the finished work of Christ. We should not be believers who struggle with sin, but we should be individuals that OVER COME, that PREVAIL because Christ has defeated the deceiver of the brethren and has given us POWER TO BECOME THE SONS OF GOD!