Romans 9:21 has significance to me for a variety of reasons, but something fresh hit me when I read it, today:
“Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” (NIV).
Synonyms for ‘common’ include words like ordinary, regular, usual, and conventional. A quick synonym search in Microsoft Word will even bring up the phrase, “nothing special.” But ‘common’ has more than one meaning…
It also means, “shared… mutual… communal… collective… for all…” Instead of “nothing special,” common might, indeed, be extraordinary.
What if some of us are made for use by everyone? Kind of makes me think of Jesus…
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