Week Three

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She Accepts the Assignment of Refinement

Ruth 1:19-2:12

So who is ready to let God work? Sometimes that is a hard question to answer. Inside we know that it will most likely hurt a bit as we have our eyes construction-aheadopened to the things in our life we need to change but we know what the right answer is… ‘Yes!’ There is going to be some uncomfortable times ahead when we say ‘Yes! Mold me Lord!’ I feel like we need to wear one of the “Construction Ahead” signs to warn people it isn’t going to be pretty but please drive slowly as you pass by this mess as to not disturb the work being done.

I am reminded of the pottery class I took in high school. In order to bad-potterymake a masterpiece you need to start with a gifted Potter. Somebody that knows what they are doing and has a beautiful vision for what they want to create. Sometimes it is evident in the talent of the potter… other times it is not. When a piece of pottery is crafted there are couple of things that are important that an inexperienced potter would not know. Air bubbles can cause problems and make sure your piece is bone dry before placing in the kiln. When throwing, air bubbles can create an imbalance in what you are creating on the wheel or it can cause weakening in the wall of your piece. If your piece is not bone dry and still has moisture left it can crack or completely break while in the kiln. Both of these issues can’t be seen right away by an untrained eye but as you can see can cause big problems. So what does this have to do with our study this week. Well I have another question… while we accept our ‘Assignment of Refinement’ who is it we are accepting refinement from?

We can let the world work on us. Tell us we aren’t good enough for this task. Tell us ‘why bother? It isn’t going to make any difference.’ Are we going to listen to the thoughts that pull us into the Cycle of Defeat or are we going to allow our Potter work us into beautiful pieces of art?

Isaiah 64:8 tells us:

But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.

Even though Ruth was speaking to her mother-in-law, I like to believe this was her spirit talking to God:

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.

She was willing to look at her flaws and accept the refinement God had for her. She was willing to make God her Potter and not the traditions of her former faith. Every time we get uncomfortable with the refining process we need to have the same spirit of Ruth and say ‘Where you go I will go, where you stay I will stay.’ Let Him finish the work He starts in you and DON’T QUIT!

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Habit Two: She follows through despite how she feels.

Habit Two Memory Verse:  But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ Matthew 19:26

 

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