Sunday Stillness – Vessel

Vessel - Proverbs 25:4
Three Vessels by Janis Cox – Watercolour 2013

I have taken the liberty to change “silver” into “pottery” from Proverbs 25:4.

Remove the dross from the silver,
and a silversmith can produce a vessel

I took a few pottery courses and know that when I am using the wheel there are pieces that must be cut off while the wheel is spinning. Even in hand building the potter must smooth out the rough edges.

In order for God to produce a vessel to hold the Holy Spirit we need to get rid off the dross that clings to us. Think of what clings to you: indecision, fear, lack of trust, worry, self-image, pride and on and on. Let’s give this dross to God and ask Him to refine us.

I love the Scripture of 2 Timothy 2:20-21 as written in The Message:

Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.

Wow – that is pretty clear. We are to become the vessels where people can see Jesus.

I found an excellent analogy called Spinning Off the Dross by Grace Anderson. She states:

The potter molds, re-shapes, removes all the dross and spins off the lumps of the clay to make the jar completely clean, clear of any flaws.

And of course Refiner’s Fire is one of my favourites. Here it is sung by Brian Doerksen.

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  1. I love that daily God is refining me…I need it, for sure! Thanks for sharing this verse and the song! Blessings!
    Ann @ Christ in the Clouds

  2. Great analogy for our lives. Of course, pottery can’t feel the lumps being removed like we can, but so glad He’s not only the Potter but the Healer! Thanks so much.

    1. Jason,
      Thanks so much. If you personify the piece of pottery I am sure it must hurt. 🙂 And yes isn’t it wonderful that He creates and fixes us when we get hurt.

  3. Oh Janis, I do want to be the perfect container for HIS guests.
    Thank you for the lovely reminder and word picture, today!
    I hope it’s okay shared two…one is just a scripture photo.
    May your day overflow with HIS JOY!

  4. This is such a powerful image! I have always wanted to take just one pottery lesson, to feel the clay and listen to the process and think of these verses. I am envious you have had that experience and so glad you shared. thanks for stopping by my blog today too.

  5. Beautiful! I love this. Love that God can use us even before we are perfected, even before we are “ready”. Love that He is never quite done with us.

  6. I love the song by Brian Doerksen. Sometimes the refining process is long and painful, but it’s so necessary! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Kym
      It is the first time I changed Scripture but this picture needed the pottery words. And finding out dross is used in silver and pottery was neat.

  7. Janis, Oh how I love Sunday’s (even if not quite Sunday yet). This was amazing! I loved what you shared, but it also brought back memories of the days when my mom made pottery. Wow…so long ago, but I can picture it like it was yesterday. Thank you for allowing us to share here. Many blessings to you. XO

    1. Beth,
      Thanks so much for dropping by. I loved the feeling of clay in my hands when I made pottery. It was a great experience. Maybe some day I will do that again.

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