For pottery has always been one of the necessary attributer of civilized life.
 —Philip Rawson

"Like Clay In The Hand Of The Potter, So Are You In My Hand." 
Jeremiah 18::6

A work of Art:


Francis Schaeffer put it this way:

For a Christian, redeemed by the work of Christ and living within the norms of scripture and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the Lordship of Christ should include an interest in the arts.  A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to praise of God.  An art work can be a doxology (a hymn of praise to God) in itself.

 A work of Art has a value in inself—  Art is not something we merely analyze or value for its intellectual content.  It is something to be enjoyed.

 We see in  Genesis 1:1 the first sentence in the bible tells us the Creator created “In the begin God created the heavens and the earth”  John 1:1  In the beginning …

A work of Art is a work of creativity, and creative has

Value because God is the Creator.

 Art work has value as a creation because man is made in the image of God, and we can love and think and feel emotion, but also have the capacity to create. 

Creativity is a part of the distinction between man and non-man.

 Mary McCleary: said as agents of God’s grace we alter the materials of creation into objects that benefit other people, also created in His image


CS Lewis said that reason is the organ of truth, but imagination is the organ of meaning.  When people talk about the difference between human beings and animals.  Animals do not do art!  (because humans understand, there is meaning in what we do, events touch our emotions and affect or behavior)




Parable of the Cracked Pot author unknown

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.

"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

"Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"

"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the other side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side?"

“That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them.”

“For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table.

In God's economy, nothing goes to waste.

So as we seek to minister together, and as God leads you to the tasks He has appointed for you, don't be afraid of your flaws.

Acknowledge them, and allow Him to take advantage of them, and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in His pathway.

Go out boldly, knowing that in our weakness we find His strength, and that "In Him every one of God's promises is a Yes."



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