Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
United Methodist Hymnal, #393

Mold Me, Use MeHave you ever watched a child play with play-dough? It is a pretty new phenomenon at our house. Baby J hasn’t figured out that she can create things with the play-dough, but she sure loves breaking it a part (an elder in training?). As her little hands grip the play-dough, and squeeze it between her fingers, she pulls the dough a part creating a new piece.

Here is the thing: the play-dough doesn’t put up a fight.

It was made to be pulled apart and molded into new things. The original container-rounded shape of the play-dough is not its intended shape. It was created to be formed into something new. And if, during the creation process, it doesn’t quite turn out the way you wanted it, you start over. You roll that play-dough back into a big ball of dough and you start molding and forming all over again.

In Jeremiah 18, this is what the prophet is talking about. Just as the potter will melt and mold clay into a beautiful creation, so God does with us. But at times the clay becomes flawed or spoiled. In these moments, the potter reworks the clay. Again, the same is true with God and humanity.

We are flawed and spoiled.

Jeremiah is telling the people that God wants to, as Barbara K. Lundblad writes, “reshape them in faithfulness and justice.” It seems in our flawed and spoiled state of humanity, we are not always open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. We are not always willing to be molded by the Potter. We are not always accommodating to being made new.

We do not have to look far to see just how flawed and spoiled we have become.  Police shootings. Terrorist attacks. Death penalty. Broken prison system. Racism. Sexism. Political ruptures. The list could go on.

We who are are flawed and spoiled, need to stop putting up a fight.  We need to pray, “Mold me, use me.” As people of grace, we acknowledge that in our fallen, sinful state, we need to let go and welcome the Holy Spirit to melt us, mold us, fill us, and use us.

Let us heed Jeremiah’s words: “So each one of you, turn from your evil ways; reform your ways and your actions.” (Jeremiah 18:11b, Common English Bible)

Come, Holy Spirit, come. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Come, Holy Spirit, come. Guide my steps to follow your way. Guide my actions to be faithful and just. Come, Holy Spirit, come. Amen.