The vessel needs to be still in the hand of the Potter. Should the vessel not be fully surrendered to its Maker, the vessel will be marred.
Jeremiah 18:4 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.
We see here both our part and God's part in forming the vessel. Classical Christianity is largely centred on our surrender to our Lord. In the beginning of the journey we are introduced to surrender. In the middle stage of the journey we experience the fullness of surrender. In the end stage of the journey, we become the vessel that the Potter desires. However, very few of us allow Him to take us through the tough and long middle stage of the journey. Sometimes our self life mars the completion of the vessel. Often He will bring us back to the same area which needs to be surrendered if we fail Him.
Here we see the importance of learning to fully surrender our will to Him. Often this is not fully understood. We sing 'I surrender all' but do not understand the depth of surrender that He requires from us.
Surrender is introduced in the rock-solid Classical Christian foundation above and detailed more fully in the Great Death in
Tabernacle Notes above.
There needs to to a complete dependence on the Holy Spirit and also a denying of all activity of the soul. Activity of the soul is characterized by striving and anxiety. The soul of man is naturally turbulent and restless. When we learn to live in the present moment, surrendered, depending on the Presence of the Lord alone all activity is free, easy, spontaneous, peaceful and natural. It will seem that you are putting forth almost no effort at all. No agitation. No striving. No turmoil.