Sunday, June 28, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #11, Share

The Study
Are you on Facebook? Do you ever use the "share" button to share things on your page? What kinds of things are you sharing? Maybe you are not on Facebook but you share things via e-mail or in other ways. With the internet and social media, it is very easy to share and with lots of people. So, what are you sharing? Have you thought about the things you share? Does it glorify the Lord? How are you representing Him as you share? And specifically, are you sharing Him? If you missed our "Representative" study, click here. It kind of ties into today's study also.

So, how do we share the Lord? Truthfully in everything we do both spoken and unspokenon the internet, on the telephone, in our service, our body language, the clothes we wear, the movies we choose to see, the TV shows we watch and talk about with friends, and so on. Even how we react to something tells the world what we believe about God. We share Him in everything we do!

Hebrews 13:15 "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess His name."

And I would add not only with the fruit of our lips but with our fingers on the keyboard, our smartphones, etc. Electronics make it so easy to slip up not realizing that what we share may not glorify Him!

Most of you can probably guess that one of my favorite things to do is share the Lord. It's not because I set out to share Him today or any other day; it's because He is who I am. He is what makes me who I am. I cannot separate myself from Him. I am here to glorify Him.

Isaiah 43:7 "Everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made."

I had a conversation with someone this week that went like this (I used made up names but this is how the conversation went):

Susan: "Cindy is trying to get you to deny the Lord, Patter."

I chuckled and responded: "There is no way that will happen. I can't deny Him. He is who I am."

Susan: "Oh I know that but Cindy is trying.

I had never really thought of someone trying to get me to deny the Lord until "Susan" said this to me. I was surprised but then realized there is always someone out there watchingwatching to see if you will slip up. "Oooh, will Patter be another Christian hypocrite?" Do you ever think about other people watching you waiting for that chance to say "See why I don't believe in God? They are just a bunch of hypocrites." How often have you heard that? Do you say one thing but do another or do you hold strong to the One that lives within you?

Proverbs 20:11 "Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?"

1 John 3:18 "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."

Who shared Christ with you or who had a profound impact in your walk with Christ? Was it through a conversation or their actions? Maybe it was a bit of both.

Romans 10:14-15 "How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"

Hebrews 13:7 "Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith."

The Life Application Bible says this about the above scripture "If you are a Christian, you owe much to others who have taught you and modeled for you what you needed to know about the Gospel and Christian living. Continue following the good example of those who have invested themselves in you." And on that note, remember that you are that leader to someone else that is watching you. What do they see in you? What does your day-to-day life say about Jesus? How are you sharing? Will they want to imitate your faith?

The Art
For my art today, I chose to use the Hebrews 13:7 verse from above and created a Journaling Bible page. I also modified the Life Application Bible quote to put in the margin of my Bible. This question also came to my mind"Who impacted my walk with Christ?" Now, that could be one particular person or many. Who impacted your walk?

To create the page, I used acrylic paint on a papertowel and blotted it on the margin. I also used book paper to create the hearts and circles. The paint was already on the book paper since I use this particular book to blot off paint when I am creating. It then gives me great paper to use on future work.

Feel free to join us on the Facebook page where some people will be sharing their creations. We also have some discussions that will be going on there too about the study. If you don't use Facebook and want to share your creation here, do so below by using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies and art tips, please see this post here. Be blessed and may your daily sharing glorify Him!

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Susan Carol said...

Love what you wrote, Patter, especially 'He is what makes me who I am. I cannot separate myself from Him'. Its a beautiful way of expressing our walk with the Lord - thank you. I hope your daughter is continuing to get better.

A-M said...

Thankyou Patter for taking the time to share your teaching on the topic you have chosen for us. I hope that all is going well with your family now and your daughter who had the back surgery is now healing well.

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