The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.
A great reminder that our faith is not about indiviudals and individual choices, God looks at whole cities. Yes He does work in and through individuals, but He is also concerned with whole groups of people and we need to remember His grace, mercy, righteousness and wrath can impact entire nations. A reminder to those of us who would happily with draw from church; often for many justifable reasons, but God is about His people. Therefore let us not forget the words in Ephesians 4:2-3 to be humble and gentle, bearing with one another and seeking the unity of the Spirit. Let us not give up on His people, or nations and communities He has called us to.