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N.T. Wright once said, “Moral reformation which leaves the heart untouched is about as useful as tying bunches of grapes on to a briar-bush.” I  totally agree with his assertion.

Adding more good things to your life in the effort to become holier than the next guy without heart transformation can only lead to more darkness. God is interested in our relationship with Him as the source of our light.

Often, someone trying to prove to God and others how good they are, end up becoming obnoxiously zealous with a spiritual stink.  You can never walk your way into a deeper relationship with God by moral reformation that is self-generated.

Moral reformation is birthed out of a surrendered relationship to the potter who alone can shape you into His own purpose. Any and all enduring reformation comes from time spent with God.

He is the vine, and we are the branches. We must allow the fruit to grow from the perfect source. We can’t grow our own fruit without Him, and we can’t offer our own fruit back to Him as something special.

Morality isn’t ultimately an individual thing for the Christ follower. Morality is found in the soil of a fierce relationship with the creator.

Do you have a spiritual stench?

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Isaiah 64:8
8 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.

God is not finished with you yet. His position in your life is set. He is your Father and your potter. Your position in Him is set. You are His clay and the work of His hand. One day the wheel will stop spinning. What will you be?

God excels in taking clay and transforming it by His grace into a vessel of honor and glory for His namesake.

In Philippians 1:6 we read, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

It is God that has begun the good work in you and he will complete it. On the Day of Jesus Christ, when Heaven and Earth are joined forever, and there is no more death, sin, pain or injustice…you will stand complete in Him.

That day in the future, God wants to bring to bear on your life in the now. You are clay He is shaping to feed the hungry. You are clay He is shaping to give drink to the thirsty. You are the clay He is shaping to welcome the stranger. You are the clay He is shaping to put clothing on the naked. You are the clay He is shaping to visit the sick, and you are also the clay He is shaping to go to those who are in prison.

What about you today? Are you struggling to be conformed to all that God wants to do in your life? Is there an area that you have kept uncommitted to the hand of the potter? Here, is the good news- God does not abandon you. You just maybe need to be reshaped, reworked, reformed a bit more.

You are the clay that God picks up and works into the image of His son. He shapes you as He wants you. Yes, there are times the shaping really hurts, but when He is finished you will be fully human.

Are you open to being reworked by God’s hands? Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Think on this today- If you don’t allow the potter to come into complete contact with you, you will remain an unrealized masterpiece. He has a plan for you life. He wants to use you, but you must remain on the wheel of the potter.

Allow me to remind you once more. One day the wheel will stop spinning. What will you be?