Thursday, February 28 2019
When I went to Don Jorge’s potter’s workshop in a town close to Armenia a few years ago, and when he began to show me and explain to me the whole process of creating a wheel-thrown vessel, he said: “The most important thing is centering the clay on the wheel.”
It seems that centring is a very critical step, because it is the foundation of the pot. The pot is only as true and as strong and as sturdy as is its centring.
And it makes sense. The clay can not be put just anywhere on the wheel, or in any which way. With the wheel still, the clay has to be placed exactly in the centre, and more or less in a rounded shape. When the wheel begins to turn, the potter wets his hands with water – and with firmness and control, exercising constant pressure on the sides and from the top, he begins to form a cone and then a cylinder – always trying to keep the clay balanced and symmetrical. If not, he will end up struggling and fighting to work with the clay the entire time; and the vessel that he is trying to make will not have a firm and solid base and will not be centred and balanced.
Dear friend: have you ever watched and studied something that spins and goes around? On the periphery, that is the outside, it moves quite unbalanced and crooked. But in the middle, in the absolute centre, it hardly moves at all and everything is completely stable and still.
Yes, Don Jorge was right: a successful pot begins and ends with perfect centring.
And that’s how it is with us too, clay in the hands of the heavenly Potter: the most important thing in living well is that we are well balanced; the success in moulding us into the vessels He wants us to be begins and ends with our being properly placed; only when we are perfectly centred, then will we find perfect balance and perfect peace in our lives.
And what is that centre? What is the core around which our lives should revolve? The answer is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Only Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through [Him].” (John 14:6)
Dear friend: are you lost? Jesus is the way. Are you confused? Jesus is the truth. Are you dead even in your living? Jesus is the true life, abundant and eternal.
“This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11-12)
Dear friend: do not look for the answers to your questions, the filling of your emptiness, and the salvation of your soul in any other place. “There is no other name under heaven given among men”, only the name of Jesus Christ, by which you can be saved.
“Jesus said to [the multitude], “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst … For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life…” (John 6:35,40)
Dear friend: are you hungry? are you thirsty? I don’t mean for literal food and drink. I mean, hungry and thirsty for something more significant and transcendent. Do you have a hunger and a thirst in your inner being and in your spirit? Only Jesus Christ can satisfy that hunger and calm that thirst – only He can fill you and give you abundance and plenty in everything.
It is only in Jesus, the Son of the living God, that the life of every human being must be centred. He is the essence and the fount of all that we are, of all that we desire, of all that we need. He is the core around which every area of our lives ought to revolve: that is, all that we think, all that we feel, all that we say and all that we do. A life centred in any other person or any other thing that is not Christ Jesus is destined to fail and to self-destruct. But a life centred in Him is a life of hope and joy, of well-being and peace, of abundance and blessing.
"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
that according to the riches of his glory
he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit
in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—
that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the saints
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
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