Summary: This message focuses on the images we should be seeing versus what we are currently focusing on.
Painting God’s Masterpiece
Last week I introduced this message with an example of how important images are. I stressed the fact that we live by the fulfillment of images – meaning that the image we see in our minds is what we will attempt to bring into reality. However, the problem we face today is that some of the images we are focusing on are not the images that God desires for us to bring into reality. I told you on last Sunday that we were in an identity crisis as Christians. We often identify ourselves based on some position we hold on a job or what profession we have entered into for a career. When people ask us what we do for a living, we often tell them about our jobs. When asked this question I told you that I have never heard anyone answer that question with “I serve God” unless they were in full time ministry. And often those in full time ministry identify themselves by their position they hold within the Church. “I am Pastor so and so from……” or “I am a Missionary based in Africa”. So even people in full time ministry often identify themselves with the position they hold versus just being a servant of God. Remember what I shared with you from Proverbs 23:7 that what is on the inside of us (the image we see) is what we will bring to reality. I close the message with Proverbs 29:18 which tells us that without a revelation (vision) from God we are unrestrained (we perish). To give you the appropriate image, I used the example of the old maps we had to use before we got MapQuest or GPS devices. Remember, maps are used to restrain us from getting lost while traveling from one point to another. So last we I focused on the fact that all of us live by images and often times it is not the image that God has for us. Because we live by images – and often times the wrong ones, this morning we will examine some images that we must see in order to move closer towards the image that God has of us.
Some of you may be wondering why I have this blank canvas before me. As I work through the rest of this series, I will gradually be drawing an image on this canvas. This act will reflect what we are doing in our lives. Remember I told you last week that our lives represent a blank canvas when we were born. God had an image of what He wanted us to become, but it is up to each of us to bring that image into reality with our lives. I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I will attempt through this message of bringing the image from my mind into reality on this canvas. At the conclusion of the series, hopefully you will recognize the image and my point will be made with this series. Now why am I doing this? God made us in His image and gave His Son as an example for us to follow. In order for us to do this, we must see the image God has given us. As I work on this picture during this series, I am representing what we should be doing in this life – working on bringing God’s image of us into a reality. I am starting with a blank sheet just like we all have when we were born into this world. Each experience in our lives are like paint strokes on a canvas – they develop into an image. It is up to us to take those experiences and let the image of Christ come through. We will start this morning in the book of Genesis.