Shaped by God

  Balloons for making animals.  (I was fortunate to have a professional clown in my church.  I had her make some really neat balloon animals before I did my part.  This sermon could also be done using clay or play dough.)

Theme: God shapes us into what he wants us to be.

Scripture:  Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.  Jeremiah 18:6

How many of you have ever seen someone who could take balloons and shape them into different kinds of animals?  I was watching Sassy the clown do that the other day and I thought, "I'll bet I can do that."  I think I'll try it.  (Take out a balloon and blow it up, then go through some gyrations as if you were trying to make it into the shape of an animal.)  Oh look, I've made a snake.  That is pretty good, isn't it!  I think I'll try another one.  (Blow up another balloon and go through the same process again.)  Hey, look, I've made a worm.  Well, maybe this isn't as easy as I thought it was going to be.  Maybe Sassy the clown knew a lot more about it than I do.

This reminds me of the way God works in my life.  If I will let Him, God can take my life and shape it into whatever He wants me to be.  But every time I try to do it myself, I turn out to be a snake or a worm.  What I need to do is just put myself in God's hands and let Him shape me into what He wants me to be. 

Dear Lord, every time I try to take control of my life, I wind up as a snake or a worm.  Help me to let you to make me into what you want me to be.  Amen.

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