And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make (Jer 18:4); Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good (Gen 1:31); Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become NEW. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:17-18) ~~ By our own doing, we’ve seen what we become. By our own hand, we are marred, we are a disappointment, we don’t have the look that God wants us to have, we have flaws, our hearts are hardened, we are dry to each other, our lives are getting more and more messed up, we are stubborn, we are jealous of each other, we are liars, we are hateful, we are evil and rebellious! In all these things though, God looks at us, His creation and sees the best in us. He sees that we are good and rather than toss us aside, He says ‘Behold, I make all things new’ (Rev 21:5), He takes us in His hand, He reshapes us into what He sees us to be and makes US new ‘again’. He doesn’t throw us out and replace us, so we’re the same person, but in His hand we’re not that marred disappointment, that flawed, hardened, dry, messed up, stubborn, jealous, lying, hateful, evil and rebellious person… anymore!
This isn’t an instantaneous change, but one of molding and shaping and chiseling and fashioning and being put through trials of fire. It is a process where He changes us, takes off of us things that don’t work for us, and with precise adjusting and curing (which will sometimes feel painful to us) creates us new again. Friend, no matter what flaws you see when you look in your spiritual mirror, God sees you as good and in His hands He will shape you and mold you rather than cast you away. Allow yourself to be changed!