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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 8, 2010 - God's Masterpiece

By Greg Ebie

A lifetime ago I took a required art appreciation course. I passed the class, but I’m not sure if I acquired an appreciation for art. Don’t misunderstand; I enjoy artwork. I just can’t tell the difference between the knock-off reproduction and the original masterpiece hanging on museum walls. While I see little or no differences, the art enthusiast will notice the obvious differences (like “Reproduction from China” stamped in the corner) to even the subtle differences of brush strokes and the various hues of color that are out of place.

I wonder if we have an appreciation for God’s masterpiece. All of us enjoy the painted colors of the sunset and the way God transforms the trees from greens to yellows, oranges and reds. These and other wonders of God’s creation are works of art that no painter can reproduce or even the best camera fully capture. But above all the marvelous beauty that fills creation, one masterpiece stands out.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT).

Our appreciation for the masterpiece that God has made in our lives should grow with each passing day. I’m not talking about thankfulness for what God has done. While our gratitude should continue to overflow, we should also develop an appreciation of God’s workmanship in our lives by which we can discern the subtle differences between God’s handiwork and human effort.

It’s not just paintings and other artwork that are being reproduced en masse. Many so-called Christians are trying to make of themselves what only God can create in them. Can we tell the difference between good works marked with the finger of God and what we produce through human effort? Can we see the subtle difference between the overflow of God’s love and a duty or obligation done simply to look good in the eyes of others?

Only God can complete the work He begins in our lives. When we take the brush in our hands, we ruin God’s masterpiece. May we trust our lives completely to the guiding hand of the Master Artist.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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