When I was in the warehousing industry we dealt with WIP’s or work in progress. Being a place that built a product it was inevitable that we would have this designation for the ones that were not quite finished. There was another area that had the same issue, which was the machine shop. In the machine shop they would take raw material and turn it into a part that we could then issue to the production team to use in the assembly process.
As I was thinking and praying today, I was thinking of WIP’s. You see with that company the raw material was significant, but it couldn’t be used until it was machined into the part that was needed. It was useless really, just taking up needed space. It had to take the next step in the process, it had to be machined. It had to be changed to be useful.
The revelation that I had is that we are all that raw material. When we accept Jesus, we are bought at a price. A price that only the company has the means to pay, God being the company and Jesus being the price. So at salvation we are put into inventory in the “factory” of God. Now comes the painful part…… we have to go to the machine shop so God can use us. If we stay on the shelf, if we stay as our old self, God can’t use us. Sure, He could use us for something. Just like I could have used a raw piece of material for a paper weight or maybe a rolling pin. But God has so much more planned for us. We must be machined; we must change to be useful.
Some of the process with the machining is removal. Removal of material that isn’t needed or in the way. A lot of the times we don’t want to let things go, then we wonder why God can’t use us to our full potential. Or even better, God has one plan for the use of us but we choose to be something else. In the same way, God can’t do what He wants to through us in our raw material state. We must be submissive to Him and His will.
The reality of the whole thing is this process can be painful. Just imagine if that raw material could feel like me and you? If it maybe had the power to stop the process? In the machine shop, if the raw material was not working out, we would scrap it and use another piece. Why would God be any different?
So many times we want to be used by God but we don’t want the tough stuff, we don’t want the machining and preparation, so we stop the whole process. Guess what, like the machine shop, God will use someone else. His Kingdom will not be stopped or slowed because you want it your way.
God accepts us exactly where we are at in life, it’s impossible to “change” first. But what so many of us miss is the fact that He doesn’t want us to stay that way. God needs to change us (mindset, habits, friends, thought process ect.), so He can do that. And just like the raw material, He will use someone else if we refuse to change.
Jeremiah 18:1-12 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it. 11 “Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the Lord says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’ 12 But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’”
I pray you submit to Him and allow Him to change you. I pray you don’t stay where you are. The process of changing and growing isn’t finished until we see Him in Glory.
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