I’ve been inspired by the Bible, the Word of God, that the purpose of our lives is to bring glory to God, not just in “religious” matters, but in everything we do – even artwork that is not explicitly about Jesus. That includes pouring hot metal, hanging drywall, building chairs, making good music, cleaning schools, writing good programming code, and every other kind of good work there is. God is the master creator, and we are like him when we create. And all good work that is not explicitly about Jesus can adorn the doctrine of God if the workers themselves are explicit about their faith in Christ.
The above verse from Titus is especially intriguing to me because it seems impossible to adorn, or make beautiful, something as divine as the doctrine of God. I heard an illustration of this that inspired me from a Charles Spurgeon sermon. It goes something like this:
This is the gospel (good news):
- God made mankind, loved us, and gave us everything.
- We have hated God with an infinitely-evil hatred.
- Instead of completely destroying us, God became the God-man, Jesus, and was killed in our place. And since God cannot truly die, Jesus rose from the dead.
- By this act, all who put their hope in the God-man Christ will rise from the dead and be united with him like God-men, to be with him forever, with “pleasures forevermore” by his side.
This is great news! The gospel is a diamond! It is our job to put it on a pillow in a display case, elevated for all to see — to show it off, to make it beautiful, to “adorn” it. This is the idea behind the logo I created above. The gospel is the precious white diamond, and it’s on a red square (pillow) to make it stand out. The gospel is rare and beautiful – and our lives are like the pillow – to be used to prop up what is beautiful.
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