Resolute & Moldable

Posted: August 19, 2015 in Blog
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Resolute character is admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering; a character one aspires to possess or minimally thinks to be enviable. Wishy-washy people are often despised. Standing unmoved upon one’s convictions is the stuff stately men and women are carved from. Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Margret Thatcher, and even Ronald Reagan are all people admired for their unwavering resolve. Even if their politics were disagreeable, we very well can still admire their stalwart courage.

Yet this same character can be viewed as obstinate, inflexible, stubborn, and even hard to get along with; a trait of pride, where one does what he or she wants, no matter what anyone else says. Names do not need to be put to this concept, everyone knows of people like this, if we aren’t like that ourselves. Most people have been disciplined, or handed out discipline, in light of such behavior.

Character like this can be a catch twenty-two in life. When thinking of children it is a common desire for their lives to display resolute strength, standing firm against the onslaught of their peers. Yet in the same breath, when confronted by just authority, there is an equal desire for submissive attitudes, and moldable hearts.

Being moldable in the hands of the Maker is an important need for Christians. Before coming to faith in Jesus Christ man has a heart of stone, shaped by the world, unfeeling toward the things of God. After coming to faith in Jesus Christ, that heart of stone has been replaced with a living-feeling heart, that desires afresh the things of God. The pliable heart of a born again believer will be shaped to reflect Christ. Circumstances, people, and life in general are all measures used to mold us in the hands of the Creator.

Isaiah 64:8 teaches us that we are molded in the hands of the Lord, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Pliable clay will be shaped into exactly what the Potter wants. Some might read this as a fatalistic passage, a sort of hyper-determinism, which renders the logical supposition, ‘why should I do or respond to anything? God does as he pleases.’ Yes, it points to God’s utter sovereignty in the lives of people, and God does all that He pleases. Nonetheless, God’s sovereign might doesn’t render us passive and inert blobs without volition or responsibility. Passages like Proverbs 29:1 teach us to not be stiff-necked, leaving with the implication to repent when confronted by just authority, “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.” Sounds an awful lot like being clay in the Potter’s hands being un-moldable and breaking easily, and yet, when confronted with just authority, we must be moldable.

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Christians need to learn when to be unwavering, not being molded to the world, and when to be moldable in the hands of the Potter. Are you moldable in the hands of the Cosmic Potter? Are you resolute against the world?

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