CQ Plus April 21-27 2012

Perfecting My Image

Preface: Whether we acknowledge it or not, all believers preach a message by the example of their lives.

On the sixth day, God, the Master Artist, created a replica of His image, to whom the name humankind was given. Sad to say, some paintings are ruined by the elements such as water and sunlight. Similarly, humankind was and is being ruined by the element of sin.

In fact, sin has damaged some of God’s replicas so badly that it is, in some cases, very difficult for Him to recognize His own artwork! There is hope, however. Just as paintings can be restored, we can restore our image by using the original copy of God Himself as a guideline.

Now, what does the painting need, and how can it be restored? Here are a few steps:

Use a clean canvas to get the job going. Starting on a dirty one just makes a job impossible to perfect. Our bodies need to be in good shape. First Corinthians 3:16 reminds us that our bodies are the temple of God; we need to keep in good health by eating the right foods and exercising. We are to abstain from worldly pleasures like smoking, drinking, and illicit sex.

Get the right types of brushes. Here are two brand-name, high-quality ones: the Bible and prayer (2 Tim. 2:15; James 5:16). These two keep you in connection with Jesus, which is very important to safeguard you against the devil.

Find the right colors. Jesus loves the bright color of love, so you need to get lots of that. While He was on earth, He used love wherever He went. Love is the sharing of a part of yourself with others. It evokes happiness in those around you and also in yourself (1 John 4:7).

Always have a positive outlook. Don’t begin a painting with no intention of seeing it to its completion (Eph. 6:18).

Don’t give up. With some time and energy and the help of Jesus, the “Master Artist,” your painting will be completed when Jesus comes again and makes all things new.