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       I have been struck of late, how precisely the Lord works in and through all situations in the lives of His children.  In looking again at Treasure’s theme verse, II Corinthians 4:7, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us,” (NIV), I have found something fascinating.  And like most of God’s riches, it was there under my nose all the time.

It would appear that the Greek word for treasure is the word that our English word, thesaurus, is taken from.  How interesting.

One definition is a volume of words; another is a place in which valuable things are stored.

I find this of particular interest when married to the picture we have in Jeremiah 18…our Lord’s call to the Potter’s House. 

“Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will announce My words to you. Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something on the wheel.  But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.” (NAS)

The Lord sent Jeremiah there in order to give him His message.  There at the wheel, Jeremiah found the master potter remaking something at the wheel.  The vessel had not left the potter’s hands, yet it had been marred in that place and he was remaking it as it seemed best to him. In this passage, to be marred means to be devastated, even destroyed through a deep wounding.  The word something, in this verse, is just as remarkable.  It means a ministry, more than that, a specific ministry…a God-shaped message, perfectly molded to fit the vessel.

How does this translate out to for us?  Simply put, wherever we have been, whatever has happened, if we will put it in the Lord’s hands He can remake our life to suit His plan and purpose.  Our life will then carry His message, one that is totally unique. 

So often, when we think about our life and the decisions we’ve made, we believe we are disqualified for the Lord’s work.  When in fact, God has used these very experiences as preparation for a task He has called us to at precisely this hour, to this generation and for these very people who are within our sphere of influence.

Consider where you’ve been.  Now, taking that into account, consider where you are going.  Stop waiting to become the perfect person who waits for the perfect time.  Go ahead and allow the Lord to remake you and use you for His pleasure and glory.

It’s time to pour out from the treasure He has placed within you.  What are you waiting for?  The perfect day will never come; however, you carry the Perfect One within you…pour Him out wherever you go.  It is time!  It is your time…more importantly, it’s God’s time.