We know that we are to be broken in God’s hand so He can build us back up. People use a potter’s jar as an example, so what is inside can be brought forth. While this is a commonly used analogy of being broken or shattered so we can be remolded, there is more. The Lord has led me to a story about Gideon, I will use a portion of that story to show that the term “breaking” or “shattering” is only the beginning. As the Lord ministered to me, there is more to this.
If God is to break the shell (pottery jar) and then remold it, then what of that which is on the inside? The Lord shatters or breaks the jar to ‘get’ to the inside of us. That is where the remolding takes place, where the structure, our being, is taken into His hand, fixed, re-structured, and remolded.
The jar is what we have built up around what God will use and it can be so thick, that God will not reach for what is inside, where He will do His work. He requires for us to first begin the breaking of this jar, for Him to then begin His work. When we surrender, cracks form in the jar, the Lord can then begin work. As more cracks form and by surrendering more, He works more on the inside. Until we fully surrender this work continues step by step, brick by brick but once we fully surrender, then the Lord can shatter what remains on the outside and truly mold us on the inside. Rebuild us the way He wants us to be, use us the way He wants to use us. Many of us toss stuff that bothers us into God’s hand from a distance. When it suits us to ask for help we then limit the help God can offer us by only tossing a single problem into His hand. He wants us to “STEP” into His hand, allowing Him to do His work which needs to be done, so all is surrendered over to Him.
Lack of trust is an element that makes up that jar around us, lack of faith, hurt, pain, unforgiveness, strife, selfishness, envy, pointing at the splinter in another’s eye, self-control in the form of doing it on our own… holds this jar together as we try to fix it on our own. We fail, experience more pain, more hurt and lose more trust. This makes that jar thicker. Then we finally reach a point that we do step near God’s hand and begin to toss stuff into His hand, those cracks are small but progress begins.
Stop now! Instead of tossing in “a” problem, just get into God’s hand before the jar is so thick you can’t get into His hand. He will pick you up but don’t let the jar get so thick that you won’t even ask for this.
So what will the jar be made of as God remolds the inside? One property of the new jar is that it will be soft for the Lord to continue to mold as needed. As a servant matures throughout their lives and during their walk with Christ, the new jar will be armored with the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20). The light from within you will be able to pass through it as the Lord uses that light to touch others through you. You will be transparent (humble and honest) to others as they will be able to see, hear, and know you are a servant of God by your actions and by the words that you speak. There is no more jar (which hides the Lord’s power) but instead the term “VESSEL” is used to describe this new jar. From a vessel, the light of Christ shines.
Cracks in this new vessel is when the enemy has worked within you and the effect is the opposite of the cracks that Christ had made. The cracks that Christ had made caused light to peak through the hard black jar which was once around you. The enemy’s cracks cause a black line in the new vessel to not allow light to shine through. The more cracks that the enemy is able to place in you, the dimmer the light which comes forth through you.
As this light dims, your witness in words and actions will have less effectiveness on a spiritual level. You may sound like a Christian, you may act like a Christian but the effectiveness of your witness will be less as that light from within you is not only dimmer but also tainted with what satan has been allowed to do within you. This is why leaders in churches must be blameless before the Lord as they stand on the altar. What taints them can taint others, so a leader in the Body must be in surrender to the Lord and be blameless before Him.
In Judges 7:16-22 we read about how the Lord gave a plan to Gideon, to use a trumpet, a pitcher, and a torch to overcome the vast army that the Lord had already handed to them:
16 Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers. 17 And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do: 18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, ‘The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!’” 19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands. 20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, “The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!” 21 And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. 22 When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the LORD set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia,[a] toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.
The torch is a representation of God as He shines through a servant of His. Imagine the men in that camp hearing the trumpets, getting their attention but then suddenly seeing the light shine from 300 torches as the pitchers were broken and the torches held up. In the next verse we read:
“21 And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled” after all the men shouted, “The Sword of the Lord and of Gideon (v20) and also began to blow their trumpets.
When we speak, the Lord gives us power in the words and actions we take when led by God and we are obedient. The torches added an element to that night when Gideon and his men made all that noise. The light added power to the sound. People can hear a Christian speak but will it contain the power (light) of God? Words spoken by a Christian can be motivational, inspiring, problem solving but without the light of Christ fueling the words to add “power” to those words, what good are they if they can’t heal, or convict, speak prophecy etc? Without the power of God, all we simply make, is noise. No effects, no power without the light of Christ shining through.
In Acts 5:15 and Acts 19:11-12 of the New Testament, we read how the very shadow or even clothes of two Apostles healed those touched. The power of God radiated from them due to the bright light of Christ shining in them. Christ’s light in a person IS the radiating POWER of God. It’s one thing for a Christian to walk into a room of people and begin to speak wise words and people think they are listening to a man/woman of God but it’s another to have a man/woman enter a room and people know that they see a man/woman of God due to the light that shines from them and as it touches those around them, the people feel, God.
In 1 Cor 2:1-5 we read in the Word of God that we are not to speak using persuasive words based on our understanding but instead in demonstration of the Spirit and of power (v4):
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony[a] of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
When Gideon’s men broke all those pitchers, held the torches up, blew all those horns and shouted, there was power in that demonstration. The Lord empowered that act of obedience with power over enemy forces. Who are our enemy forces that we struggle with today? Satan and all the “wiles” of the devil, is our enemy.
In the dark with those torches held high, it gave a new dimension to the sounds and shouting that the enemy heard. As today, if a man speaks out and rebukes satan but there is no light of Christ within that man, what power is in that rebuke? In the dark a man blows his horn, yells out against satan, but doesn’t have that light within him to shine and empower his words, what effects will result? Nothing! Yet if the light within us is bright, then there is Christ’s power, giving authority to our words and actions we take. Christ, who is within us is that light providing the power and authority we have in our faith and relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.