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04/02/2009

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Living - An Art Form


"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:28).

When most of us think of art, we think of Renoir, Monet, Dali, Rembrandt or Picasso. Perhaps we think of artistry in other things. For example, I see artistry in a well played baseball game....Go figure...If you give it some thought, you may see some things around you as a form of art that maybe others don't see. After all, art may be described as the arranging of elements in such a way that they appeal to the senses. With this in mind, lets take a look at life itself and some of it's intricate arrangements. Maybe we can even call it "the art of living."

What are some of the essentials involved in the art of living. When Jesus spoke here in today's verse, He was talking about work and service. A life that is to be considered a work of art needs to include our work and service. "Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Cor. 15:58). I think that part of our artful design is wrapped around the labor we do for our God. The world is His vineyard and we have been put in charge of it. Have you ever heard the term, "you've got too much time on your hands?" Idleness exposes us to a myriad of machinations, worries, and fears.

Another part of our artful arrangement is the love that we show in our lives. Jesus summed this up for us in Matthew 22: 37-39, when asked about the greatest commandment. If I may do a little paraphrasing here, He said that the first commandment was to love God with all of our souls, hearts, and minds. The natural progression of this love would be the love that we exhibit to those about us (neighbors). Our life is just not a work of art if part of the arrangement is not love.

The last part of this living art form I will write about today is acceptance of self. Lets face it, different people have different talents (Matt.25:14-30). I would love to tear down an engine, see how it works, and put it back together again. If I tried however, I'm afraid there would be a lot of parts left over! I thought that I found my niche in life as a teacher. I knew teachers who could do carpentry and plumbing work. Me? I was able to catch clams and hit baseballs. Phi. 4:11 tells us about contentment with self and vs 13 & 14 speaks about what can happen through Christ.

I will add a few more things to our artistry tomorrow...Have a wonderful day...Go about doing good.....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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