We’re just bits of clay

Dear friend,

Whoever heard of healing someone with spit and clay? But the Bible tells an intriguing story about just that.

In John 9:1–7 Jesus and His disciples were going about their day when they saw a blind man. Jesus explained to His disciples the man was blind so, “that the works of God might be displayed in him.” He then added, “I am the Light of the world” (NASB1995).

Next, we read “when He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, ’Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.” (John 9:6–7) 

The clay is the means the Master used to heal a blind man. And as a result, the blind man saw the light—Jesus.

You and I are just bits of clay.

Before you get offended at my statement consider what Eliphaz said to Job, “Look, you and I both belong to God. I, too, was formed from clay” (Job 33:6 NLT). And then there’s what Isaiah wrote, “And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand” (Isaiah 64:8).

As clay we’re mortal and weak, yet created by the Master Potter for His use. “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand” (Jeremiah 18:6).

Do you see the connection?

To add to this analogy, consider 2 Corinthians 4:6–7. It says, “For God, who said, ’Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (NIV).

The Lord wants people to see the light and see Him and know Him. He puts the light, Jesus, into us. He uses mortal, weak clay vessels like you and me to share that light. In the Master’s hand, clay becomes an instrument and tool by which people come to see the light of Christ and grow in their relationship to Him.

Through financially supporting Insight for Living Canada, you and I have the opportunity to participate in sharing the light of the Gospel with others. It’s through the Good News of Jesus that people come to see and know the Lord. You and your gifts become the “clay” the Holy Spirit uses.

Will you make yourself available to be used by the Master through sharing a financial gift with us this month?

The Bible reminds us that as clay we will one day return to dust. Job 10:9 says, “Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again?” (NIV).

But we’re not dust yet!

Today, through Insight for Living Canada and the Bible-teaching ministry of Pastor Chuck Swindoll, we have the wonderful opportunity and privilege to be in the Master’s hands and used by Him to make an eternal impact.

If you are willing and available to be clay in the Master’s hands, He will use you to help bring spiritual sight and healing to the spiritually blind in our country.

So much for just being bits of clay.

In His hands,

Steve Johnson

Executive Director

PS Send your financial gift today to Insight for Living Canada to help share the Word so the spiritually blind can be healed and see Jesus.