“There is a legend of an artist who had found the secret of a wonderful red that no other artist could imitate. He never told the secret of the color, but after his death an old wound was discovered over his heart. It revealed the source of the matchless hue in his pictures.
The moral of the legend is that no great achievement can be made, no lofty goal attained, nor anything of great value to the world accomplished, except at the cost of the heart’s blood.” –Streams in the Desert, pages 419-420
Something of great value comes with a price. Yet we naturally desire that which is easy and pain free. We want more things, applause, or power, and
we resent loss.
Is this the way to knowing Christ as Lord?
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things…”
-Philippians 3:7-8a, NIV
In the mind of the Apostle Paul, his masterpiece was not found in his various accomplishments of the past. His masterpiece was chiseled out of increasing knowledge of his Lord, Jesus Christ. His story, unlike the one at the beginning of this post, is not a legend, but a testimony of total transformation.
Your story can be one of total transformation too.
Cease imitating others. Find freedom in realizing that you are one-of-a-kind, created to know the Savior who died for you.
What will you consider to be your masterpiece? Figuratively speaking, how much blood will you allow your heart to shed so that you may increasingly know Jesus Christ?
As God transforms you one degree at a time, may your matchless hue vivify the brokenhearted canvases around you.
Be you and paint.
This post is dedicated to my mother Roxie. Today would have been her 62nd birthday. Last month she entered Heaven and won her journey with breast cancer. As my sister and I read through her journals, we learn of her “old wounds” and the extent of the blood that her heart shed. We are comforted by the Source of her matchless hues of hope and strength that she displayed to all her knew her. Her Source: Jesus Christ Himself. All other ground is sinking sand…