A Paintbrush in the Hands of a Creative God

I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing.
(Genesis 12:2
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That was the promise made to Abraham – a covenant promise that all believers live under. God promises to bless us – and in doing so, His plan is to use us as a blessing for others.

As I thought about this I imagined the people of God, the followers of Jesus, as a paintbrush used by God to color a world made dull and drab by the effects of sin. What God has done for us is not simply for us. If we think that way then it’s like putting paint on a brush thinking the color is for the brush. The brush is the tool used by an artist to bring color to a lifeless canvas. When it happens it is not the brush that created the beauty, but without the brush the beauty wouldn’t be there.

God chooses to paint – or in the case of creation, re-paint – His creation. God chooses to renew the life of His canvas. And, God chooses to use us as the brush. When we make our relationship with God all about us, when our Christianity is mostly seen as the way to make our life better, then parts of this world remain drab and gray. The lives of our neighbors remain dull and lifeless.

How are we living our lives? Are we blessed?
Are we allowing God to use us in amazing ways to be a blessing?
Are we a paintbrush in the hands of our creative God?

Just a few thoughts for the day.

Holy high-five to you,
Mike

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