God’s Art Gallery
by: Rev. William Hessler, Faith Lutheran Church
Kids headed back to school last week, armed with backpacks full of unused notebooks and fresh pads of paper, sharpened #2 pencils, boxes of brightly-colored crayons, and a whole bevy of brand new school supplies. Parents heaved a long-awaited sigh of relief as they watched their kids head out the door after a long summer at home, and teachers eagerly greeted their new scholars and helped them get settled into their classrooms. Like the start of a new sports season, anticipation was high for everyone as the nine-month school year stretched out ahead of them.
Soon those students will come home proudly bearing their hand-made works of art. The artwork certainly won’t resemble a Rembrandt or Michelangelo or Monet (although they might resemble a Picasso!), and the pictures won’t likely end up in a climate-controlled museum for generations to come, but that won’t prevent proud parents from posting their priceless pictures on kitchen refrigerators for everyone to see and admire.
I think God was an artist. Within the borders of our own country we can’t help but notice the autumn 𠇊mber waves of grain,” or the “purple mountain majesties,” or all the other natural wonders dotting our landscape 𠇏rom sea to shining sea.” Take a look up at the sky some night and marvel at all those constellations illuminating the star-studded canopy. Go on line and download some pictures taken by the Hubble telescope of far-flung spiral galaxies spinning through space in the museum of God’s vast cosmos. We can only stare in wonder at the Lord’s beautiful, stunning artwork.
Those creations are impressive, but they are not the pieces of art that God loves most. Surprisingly, you are the priceless piece of art which God treasures most. The apostle Paul puts it like this: “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
We certainly don’t resemble a Michelangelo sculpture or a Rembrandt portrait, we’re more like the Picasso-style colored pictures our preschoolers present to us. We are imperfect creatures, to be sure, but we are ones made perfect through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He lived the perfect life God demands of us, He paid the penalty we deserve when He suffered and died on the cross, and He secured the victory for us over sin, Satan and death when He rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. Saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, we are the handiwork God proudly displays on His “refrigerator,” so to speak, for everyone to see!