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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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