Posts Tagged ‘redeemed’

Now I’ve posted this question before to get people to share their current projects. That’s not what I’m doing today. Today I want to try to get you to think differently about your work. I was listening to the local Christian radio station this week and they are right in the middle of their fund drive, and they were speaking about how there are song that just happen to play at the right time and how God uses them to touch your heart. Nice sentiment, but I’ll admit it, sometimes in these fund drives, I just wish they’d get back to playing music. I know, I know, don’t judge me. Well I’ve been dealing with something pretty tough lately, kind of one of those “unspoken” prayer requests we hear about sometimes, sure enough, as if God was reminding me to not be so cynical and to just trust, the radio played the perfect song for my struggle. This song:

I started to sing along and the tears started to come. It was as if God was saying, “It’s okay David, I got this and I will redeem it. It was perfect timed for me in that moment, a gift from the Father to me in my time of need, but something else hit me. At some moment in time, the guys in Big Daddy Weave sat down to write a song. I bet a big part of them just felt like they were making art. I don’t know that they thought, God will use this song to speak to a 55 year old preacher who’s struggling. They might not have thought it, but that’s what happened. As believing artists, especially if we commit our plans to the Lord, there is a very real chance that God will anoint these creations to touch hearts and minds. Maybe we’re doing more than just creating art. Maybe we’re creating things that God will use in ways we can’t even conceive. Makes me want to look a little harder at how I use my precious creating time. How about you?

What are you creating? It might be a lot more than you think. It might even become a message of love from the Father.

“He who began a good work in you will carry if through to completion in the day of Christ Jesus.”

nc1aLast Night I did my new presentation on what may be my favorite verse in all of Scripture, 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone and the news has come.” I was trying to think of a good painting to do with it. I’ve already done butterflies and frogs exploring the metamorphosis concept of complete change, but that wasn’t quite right, So I went at it a completely different way.

First off I did something I almost never do. I started with a white surface. I usually speed paint on black. I started off by doing a very simple line art self portrait. What the congregation may not have realized is I was really gobbing on the black paint. Then I added some sky blue around it. What they didn’t know. was it was my intent from the beginning to wreck the painting. Taking paper towels I smeared it into a cloudy mess and then quit. When I began to speak, I spoke of how we basically start as a clean slate, but then life happens and we sin and we get splattered by the effects of sin and it makes a mess of us. I then talked about what it means to be a new creation in Christ—the way He transforms and renews and redeems us.

nc1bAt the end of the message I painted a picture of Jesus over the mess. The reason, when Christ redeems us, He allows us to put on His righteousness. The finished project was a little less successful than I like. For some reason my surface started to warp and it was falling out of the easel. Speed painting while holding your surface with the other hand is not easy. Nonetheless, the painting which took a total of about 8 minutes for both phases demonstrated what it was supposed to demonstrate and I was pleased.

Here’s the point, in Christ there is grace and forgiveness, but there is also transformation. Your past does not dictate your future. You can be redeemed. God can take your life and make it into something new. He can take the best of you and make it better. He can redeem the rest of you and turn it into a powerful testimony. God created you and He can also recreate you and when He does (and He will if you ask Him) you will be a new creation.