The Myth of Superiority

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The Potter and the Clay

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

I am neither better than nor superior to you. You are neither better than nor superior to me. We were both created in the image of the same Divine Creator. However, when this Master Potter took a lump of clay to design each of our molds, He lovingly and meticulously worked at the potter’s wheel to shape each of us into something that is wondrously unique. Therefore, we are the same in that we are each masterworks, fashioned and designed by the hands of the same Master, but we are different in that each of our designs are intricately different.

Jesus is the Master PotterEach of us was wonderfully made with a specific purpose and mission in mind. Included within the makeup of each of us are the talents and abilities that the Master saw fit to include to enable us to fulfill a purpose and mission which would bring us great joy and satisfaction – ultimately bring praise and glory to His name. Therefore, it proffers us absolutely nothing to harbor malice, envy, jealousy, or deliberate hatred towards others simply because we have not been blessed in our lives with the same things that they have been blessed with in their lives.

In short, instead of being overly concerned about the things that are growing in our neighbor’s fields and the crops that he will eventually harvest, we perhaps should spend more time tending our own fields and giving thanks for the crops that we will eventually harvest. When we learn to show our gratitude for the bounteous harvest that the Master blesses us to receive, He will in turn bless our fields to yield even greater harvests.

Jesus the ChristThe Master is not a respecter of persons. He does not give a greater measure of blessings to any person because He has a more abiding love for that person. But rather, those blessings are meted to each of us predicated upon our faithfulness and obedience, as well as, the measure of gratitude that we show for those things which we have already been abundantly blessed with.