The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. (Jer 18:1-4 NKJ)
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Rom 12:4-5 NKJ)
Modern society focused on the collective at the expense of the individual. Postmodern society now focuses on individualism at the expense of the collective. So is it the individual or the collective. The Bible says it is both. Every pot in the potter’s house was different. Different shapes, sizes, purpose, style or color. Paul says that we need them all if we are going to function as a body, not all the same but bringing our individualism.
This Lent season, don’t just think about what to give up, but what you can bring to the whole.