Molded by the creator
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Molded by the Creator
One of Denmark’s leading sculptors had a burning ambition to create the greatest statue of Jesus ever made. He began by shaping a clay model of a triumphant, regal figure. The head was thrown back and the arms were upraised in a gesture of great majesty. It was his conception of Christ the King: Strong, Dominant. "This will be my masterpiece," he said, on the day the model was completed. But, during the night a heavy fog rolled into the area and sea-spray seeped through a partially opened window of the artist’s ocean-side studio. The moisture affected the shape of the model so that when the artist returned to the studio in the morning, he was shocked to find a wounded figure. The droplets of moisture that had formed on the statue created the illusion of bleeding. The head had drooped. The facial expression had been transformed from severity to compassion. And the arms had dropped into an attitude of welcome. The artist stared at the figure, agonizing over the time wasted and the need to begin all over again. But something came over him to change his mood. He began to see that this image of Christ was the truer one. Then he wrote at the base of the newly-shaped figure: "Come unto Me"
I have never been a fan of most artist’s concepts and renditions of Jesus. They usually paint or sculpt him based on their own idea of who he is or what they want him to look like. At the same time, I suppose they have the right to do that, but there is a much worse thing that happens in our world. Many folks create their own concept of who and what God is. They want him to be easy or accepting of what they want to do. “A loving God would be accepting of the sins and choices I have made,” is the concept they want to embrace of God.
We tend to forget that God made me. I didn’t make God. He has every right to do with his creation whatever he wants. Isaiah spoke to a rebellious Judah with these words, “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’? (Isaiah 45:9 NIV)
Too often we read the Bible with bias in our hearts. Or, we just pretend that the Bible would agree with us, so we just don’t really bother to read it and choose to make him into our own image. The book of Genesis tells us that God created mankind in his own image. We need to keep in mind every day that God is our maker and has authority over our lives. We need to read his Word and embrace his plan for us. Stop making God into your own image.
This Sunday we will share a message titled “God Uses Lumps” based on Romans 9:20-21; Jeremiah 18:1-12, Isaiah 45:9 and 64:8. I hope you will be able to come and share in this very special look at how God molds us as his creation.