October 11, 2020

Sunday Morning Devotional With Mr. E: More Than A Copy

When I teach print making, I try to share with them how the art of printing is more than a copy.  However there are always students that rush into creating and do not fully understand the process.  After applying ink only once, they try to make multiple prints.  By the third or forth attempt, the student usually comes to me confused & questioning what went wrong....and claiming "THIS DOESN'T WORK!" Things just aren't looking like they thought they would.  They thought that they were doing things correctly.  They thought they were doing it just like I showed them.  I understand when students are excited to get started. Print making is fun!  You get immediate results.  Sometimes though...they are more excited about the product & the praise, and forget that there is a necessary process to get there.  Their final product is a poor impression of what should have been.  Their final print bares little resemblance to their original design.

  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 it would be enough to obtain the same results. In their rush to get the product & the praise, they missed the greatest part of the process....a personal relationship with the Lord.  They had used a poor "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 the Lord in my life.  I never want to hear "...but who are you?"  I want to be more than a copy of what it means to be a believer.  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.

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