SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2019
LEARN YOUR ART WELL
TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 2:15
â€œStudy to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truthâ€ (2 Timothy 2:15).
Art collectors go to great lengths to acquire the finest works. A recent case is Tutu, a painting by Nigeriaâ€™s late renowned artist, Ben Enwonwu. Tutu sold for a whopping $1.5million dollars, an African record. Other paintings by the same author were bought in the same auction for far lesser amounts by those who appreciate fine art. By paying so much, buyers declared that Enwonwu did Tutu so well. But how about the other paintings? Well, not so well. By contrast, our Lord Jesus Christ always did all things well. His observers â€œâ€¦were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things wellâ€ (Mark 7:37). You must be like Him. You must learn perfection in anything you engage in. Strive for excellence. Learn new skills. Set very high standards for yourself and set to surpass them. More importantly, depend on Godâ€™s grace. A single stroke of the painting brush can separate between the masterful work and the mediocre painting. Acquire that master stroke in anything you do, including Godâ€™s work. The reward you get for excellence compensates for the hard work you put in.
Challenge: Any one like Jesus who always did all things well?
Prayer: Let me not settle for the second best, oh God, in Jesusâ€™ name.
Quote: Acquire the master stroke in anything you do
Bible Reading in one Year: Mark 7:31-37