Tuesday, August 02 2016
Hello Sawgrass Family,
Over the last several weeks, we have been walking through the 11th chapter of Hebrews, most commonly referred to as the Hall of Faith. Along the walls of this hall, we are introduced to people of faith through only a snapshot of their lives. This snapshot gives us a picture of what God deemed to be the best depiction of their life of faith.
In a painting called, ‘Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem’, the painter, Robert Haydon created a scene with Jesus riding on the donkey into Jerusalem. In the crowd are some of his contemporaries. Voltaire, a philosopher known for his criticism of the church, was painted in as a smiling scoffer. The poet John Keats was painted with a bright, amazed face in the background. William Wordsworth was pictured as a devout man, a disciple. Others he knew, were painted as detached observers just watching it all pass by.
Think of Christ in our world today. We are in the crowd that watches Christ coming into our world, and into our lives and circumstances. Let’s think of ourselves and our actions and our attitudes. Where would we find ourselves in that picture? What would be the best representation of our habitual conduct? Would we be the detached observer? Or might we be the ones with bright amazement on our faces?
Sawgrass, let’s commit and encourage one another to shine with amazement as we seek the work of Christ entering into our day to day happenings. Let's reflect the glory of our Savior in all things!
6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. - Hebrews 11:6(NASB)