The idea that God consigns His people to perpetual pewdom is foreign to the Scriptures. He is the commissioner of every great artistic work, and YOU are one of them.
So here we are in December, and this December, I thought I would do a bit of a countdown as I come to wrapping up season two at the end of the month. Thought it would be fun to do an advent for adventurers. And here we are, day 1 December 1 and I want to talk about being God’s poetry. Now the creative life really is one intended to be an adventure. It seeks to cross boundaries and discover fresh ways to communicate the Christian creative, which is who you are really connects with, something, a purpose and someone the Creator bigger than themselves.
And just in case you’ve not realised, God is not boring. He invites his children into a life of adventurous faith. It’s a life of stepping out, stepping beyond what we’ve already seen, already done, what we feel comfortable with and moving in to kind of fresh pastures, green pastures, a broad arena in which we can operate now by broad. I don’t mean a broad and dodgy way. I’m talking about the breadth of experience that we’ve been called into, and that experience is not limited.
In fact, the greatest experiences are not limited to this world, this physical world. God has called you into fellowship with Himself in the spirit. You are seated in heavenly places. This idea that God consigns his people to perpetual pewdom is totally foreign to the Scriptures. He is a Commissioner of every great artistic work, and you are one of them.
Ephesians 2:10 says, we are God’s masterpiece. He’s created us a new in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things that He’s planned for us long ago. God’s works of Grace, I believe, are made to be displayed. And that word masterpiece is actually the Greek word Poiema P-O-I-E-M-A Poiema from which we get our word poem. Now I know that there’s kind of controversy over how far we can stretch this word and call ourselves God’s poetry, but certainly within the context of us speaking as creatives speaking as writers, many of us ourselves speaking as communicators and artists in the world.
There is something very beautiful about this idea that God that we are God’s poem, that His word is creative and you are a unique, still being written poem on the pages of time, an expression of God’s heart, not some dusty, mind numbing tome, not a replica, but a divine and winsome expression of our father’s heart. There’s something about poetry that kind of just slices away everything that’s unnecessary and just presents something refined and beautiful. Cs Lewis said. This we are a divine work of art. God has taken his finger and he has inscribed your life on the pages of history in the most beautiful, majestic manner.
Your story, my dear brother sister, is still being written. Your path is unfolding with ever increasing glory as a work of art. You live out and display this new nature that you have in Christ and that nature is one that is vibrantly, creative. It is an adventurous nature, unshackled from mundanity. Even if you are stuck in a room, there are realms that you explore that are unseen by naked eye or unheard of by any darkened heart.
You’ve been invited into a life, both one that will prosper here on planet Earth, favour with men, and one that will prosper and spread its wings in the Spirit. Favour with God. You are a favoured work of heaven. God’s work in Christ has taken what was just an unchiseled lump of cold stone. We read in the Scriptures about our hearts being of stone.
But he, through the breath of the Spirit, through his eternal Word, has turned that into a heart of flesh beating with the rhythms of heaven. You’re set free for freedom, not for the sad and dutiful run of religion. I remember I may have mentioned it previously, but one year, the Holy Ghost spoke to me right at the beginning of the year, and he said, do you want the run of religion or the rhythms of Grace? Do you want the run of religion? Or do you want the rhythms of Grace?
That wonderful relationship that we’ve been invited into with God? I know which one I want for sure. I pray that your artistic adventure, the poem that you express through fearless living, will be boldly displayed in this coming year. Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully, it’s been an encouragement to you today.
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