Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Blocks of Marble
"In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it." - Michelangelo
God is a brilliant artist. You may be familiar with a few of His works. you know the Sun and stars, the Moon, the Earth and all that's on it. Everything in all creation has His signature on it. One of His greatest creations is....us! He made us in His image, in His image He made us, male and female He made us! (Genesis 1:27) Along the way though we got a little messed up with sin, E.G White says it this way in The Desire of Ages, " now sin has marred God's perfect work, yet that handwriting remains."
Back to the marble. We as humans are like that block of stone, and like I said God is the artist. On this earth we are imperfect, but God looks at us beyond that. As the redeemed, He already sees us as in our perfect bodies that we will one day have. In Colossians 1:21-22, Paul says this, "Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation."
Holy in His sight, free from accusation!
Now does that mean we are free from sin and free to sin? Not hardly. We are always at war with ourselves between our flesh and our spirit. That's why God as the sculptor is "hewing away the rough walls that imprison" us so others may see us as He sees us. Just as the rest of creation reflects Him so must we. In other words so we may bear fruit. We are the branches, Jesus is the vine, and the Father is the gardener. As the gardener, God is pruning our branches so we may be more fruitful (John 15). Just as God the sculptor is hewing the rough walls revealing the spirit in us.
God sees us as shaped and perfect in attitude and action! Do you?
In closing, never forget "We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that we may declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).