Fit for the Master's Use

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the Potter; we are all the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

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In the childcare where I worked before having a child of my own, I was supervising the kids while they played with play dough. I debated if I should even bring out the play dough that morning since it was becoming dried out and crumbly. Still the kids insisted, so I did.

Because the dough was dry and crumbly, the kids were limited in what they could do with it. The only thing the kids really seemed able to make was a big crumbly mess.

It was then that the Lord showed me that when my life isn't absolutely surrendered to Him, I just make a big crumbly mess out of things and limit the work God wants to do in my life. However, when I’m fully yielded to God and the work He wants to accomplish in my life, I become like soft, pliable play dough—making the ways God can work in me limitless.

He is the Potter and we are the clay. Depending on how much we abide in Jesus and His Word, will determine the ways God will be able to work in our life. If our relationship with the Lord is strong our clay in God’s hands will be soft and pliable--a joy to mold and limitless in possibilities. However, if our time with the Lord and His Word is hit and miss, our clay will be like soft play dough with dry spots--still able to me molded, but the possibilities are limited. Finally, if our time spent with the Lord and His Word is no longer a priority in our life, our clay will be dry and crumbly--little can be done with it. And what makes dry and crumbly clay fit again for the Potter’s use? Water. The Living Water of the Word rehydrates our dry spots or dried out clay, so once again we are fit for the Master’s use.

May we fully abide in Jesus (John 15), and plant ourselves in the Living Water (Psalm 1:2-3) so we will not experience spiritual dryness and limit the ways God can use us for His purposes. I pray that we would be so hydrated with the Living Water that our clay would be so soft and pliable that we’d be a joy to the Potter and they ways He can use our life would be limitless!

Question for You:  Which type of play dough do you think you resemble the most? What are you doing today to ensure your clay stays soft and pliable? I'd love to hear any tips you have that you'd like to share. 

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Copyright © 2012 Brooke Espinoza.


  1. This is so true. If we are not completely surrendered to Christ, we become of little value, even luke warm. Have you ever noticed when you are in church or at a Bible study, how some people are clinging to every word spoken and others are looking at their watch wonder how soon this will be over. We need to basque in the glory at every opotunity.


Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!