I think this is a wonderful illustration of how God works. God desires to demonstrate His glory. He has chosen to use individuals to accomplish this purpose. He has a plan and a purpose; all He needs is the material with which to work.
God is the one who is searching for individuals in whom He can work. The whole purpose of Jesus coming to earth was “to seek and to save that which was lost.” In the gospel of Luke Jesus uses two stories of lost things, a sheep and a coin, to illustrate this purpose. The storyline is the same in each: someone has something, that something becomes lost, the someone seeks for his lost possession, and the lost possession is found and reclaimed. The coin did go looking for its owner; the sheep did seek out his shepherd. Each was sought and then found. God wants to do that in your life. He is seeking you.
The responsibility of the “material’ is found in John 3:16; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus came and gave His life. The only thing that is required of “whosoever” is to believe; to be available and to willing put their trust in Christ. God will not, nor cannot work on material that does not belong to Him. We must choose to place our lives into His hands.
Just like a craftsman with material, God can now begin to work in your life to accomplish His purpose. But remember who it is that is doing the work. Too many times when we place our faith in Christ we begin to try to do all the right things. But watch the craftsman with his chosen material, the craftsman is working and the material is being worked on. A dressmaker chooses the material and it is cut from the bolt. The material is then cut according to the pattern and then sewn together. The only thing the material does is to submit to the cutting and sewing of the seamstress. When the material submits, the master can bring his plan to completion and the material is transformed into something new.
It is the work of the master and the availability and submission of the material which allows the master to create something new, something of greater value, and something with a new purpose. That is God’s desire for your life. He desires you. Are you available? Are you willing to submit to the Master’s plan?