Tuesday, December 22, 2009

12/22- John 1:10 The Pot Not Recognizing the Potter

Devotional using scripture, quote from John Calvin and thoughts for the day each day- on the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth.

12/22- John 1:10
“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.”

Calvin Abridged: He accuses people of ingratitude, because of their own decision, they were so blinded that the light they enjoyed was unknown to them. This is true of every age of the world; Before Christ came in the flesh, his power was displayed everywhere; and the daily effects of this ought to correct the stupidity of all people. What can be more unreasonable than to draw water from a living stream but never consider its source? No proper excuse can be made for the ignorance of the world in not knowing Christ, before He came. It is laziness and wicked stupidity for those who had the opportunity to see Him by his ever-present power to ignore Him. Never was Christ absent from the world, but people surrounded by the rays of his light, ought to lift their eyes towards him. So those who reject Him (in every age) are to be blamed.

Thoughts: Christ made the world, but the world rejected Him. Colossians 1:16,17 says, “All things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” We are the defective toy of the toymaker. We are all part of the “island of misfit toys.” We do not recognize the One who made us- though He became recognizable. The pot does not recognize the potter, though the potter comes to it. God shows us He wants to know us and us to know Him, yet we do not see. Ironically, in our own day, it is a growing trend to believe that while there is a pot, there is no potter at all. In our day in the West, we foolishly not only passively don’t recognize him, but we actively rebel against the idea of recognizing him. Still, the great and wonderful mystery is that God loves us, despite our sins and our rebellions. He continues to try to mold us and shape us into vessels He can use for his purposes.

Prayer: Lord, open my eyes that I might see you, and recognize your hand in my life. Thank you for coming that I might know you.

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