What do you see in this piece? I see a hot mess: circles, patches, flowers, clean and dirty colors, words, layers, music, and more. And I see an overriding shape–the heart of white dictionary paper–and Christ in the center of it all.
It is not easy to abide in Jesus. That is for sure. Every time I think I am being a “good” Christian I realize I am screwing up left and right. For example this very scripture. I am not keeping my dislike of some people in check. Even though their actions might disappoint, confuse, frustrate, and sadden me. I cannot hate. And that is hard. So freaking hard. Especially when their actions are directed at me, or someone I love, or children. I get mad.
Read the excerpt and the art verse from the Message translation:
1 John2: 4-6 If someone claims, “I know him well!” but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.
7-8 My dear friends, I’m not writing anything new here. This is the oldest commandment in the book, and you’ve known it from day one. It’s always been implicit in the Message you’ve heard. On the other hand, perhaps it is new, freshly minted as it is in both Christ and you—the darkness on its way out and the True Light already blazing!
9-11 Anyone who claims to live in God’s light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark. It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others. But whoever hates is still in the dark, stumbles around in the dark, doesn’t know which end is up, blinded by the darkness.
Guess I am still in the dark.
Thank goodness God’s grace still has me covered. And you. God understands that I am human and that I am going to need reminders. And at least I am reaching for the light.
We are binge watching Glee and the last episode I watched tackled Judaism/Christianity/atheism. It reminded me why I need my faith. It gives me hope. It gives me direction. It gives me grace. It gives me a place of love to abide.
I know I am not a perfect Christian. But I know I abide in Christ, and He in me. And you too.