February 28, 2016

Sunday Devotionals With Mr. E: A Print

When I teach print making, I always have a student that doesn't quite get it.  After applying the ink once...they try to take multiple prints off of it.  By the third or forth attempt, the student usually comes to me confused & questioning what went wrong.  Things aren't looking like they thought they would.  They think that they are doing things correctly.  They think they are doing it just like I showed them.  I understand that they are excited to get started...print making is fun & you get immediate results.  However, they are so excited about the product & the praise that they forget that there is a process to get there.  The final product ends up being just a poor impression of what should be....a print that bares little resemblance to the original.

  One day the evil spirit answered them,  "Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?"  Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all.  He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.   Acts 19: 15-16

They were doing what they thought they had seen done before.  They thought that they could just use the name of Jesus & Paul and that it would get the same results. In the rush to get the product & the praise, they missed the greatest part of the process....a personal relationship with Jesus.  They had but a poor quality impression of what should have been a vibrant & true reflection of the original.  The result was not pretty!  The demon called them on it.  "Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?"
I want my life to be a vibrant & true reflection of the Lord.  I may not be the perfect "print"...but the imperfections are part of the story & testimony of Christ in my life.  I never want to hear "...but who are you?"  May my life clearly display The One who made me, The One who saved me, The One who loves me......and may they seek to know more because of what they see in me.


Dear Lord, thank you for loving me. That love has the power to change, transform, and make new.  May that be so "printed" on my heart...my life...that others will  see You in me. Thank you for the "process" of growing in You as I grow to know you.
In Your Name...Amen

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