Sunday, January 25, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #2, Representative

Note: Please click here to see today's Glory Art {Tip}.

The Study
One of my daughter's called the other night from college. She is enrolled in the Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC), and she wanted to tell me about her day. After going to class in her uniform, she needed to run to Wal-Mart before going back to campus. She had to get permission from the commander to go out in public in her uniform. Why you might ask? Because she may only be in ROTC; however, she represents all men and women in uniform. Her commander gave her permission to go so off she went. She said it was quite funny when she walked into the crowded store in her uniform. She said "It was like the parting of the Red Sea, Mom. Everyone moved aside so I could get through." She then said that a precious older man in his 80's came up to her and thanked her for her service. She tried to explain to him that she was not officially in the military but he insisted on thanking her. She said it brought tears to her eyes. It did me too as she was telling me the story. She then says "Mom, we are all wearing a uniform because we represent God even though you don't see our uniform."

That evening as I went to bed, I could not sleep because I kept thinking about my daughter's profound words. Can you imagine if we had to ask the Father if we could go out in public in His uniform? Would He grant that request? Do you represent Him well? Do you wear the same uniform on Sunday's to church as you do during the week in public or even at home where you are comfortable with family? And how about on social media? How are you representing Him there? So what is a representative or ambassador? says:

Representativea person or thing that represents another or others.
Ambassadoran authorized messenger or representative.

What kind of representative are you for the Lord? Have you ever been grieved by something you did that others have seen because you knew it made the Lord look bad? What did you do about it? Did you use that opportunity to ask for forgiveness, change your ways, and grow in Him? That is called "sanctification." Sanctification refers to the Holy Spirit progressively changing a believer to be more like Him. It is accomplished as we study His word, pray, worship, serve, and trust the Holy Spirit to progressively change our character into His image. We cannot continue to live a life dominated by sin because we then are not an effective representative for Christ. We dishonor Him. We of course still sin daily but through that sanctification process, we can progressively change. I have been a Christian since I was 33. I will be 50 in June. Am I the same Christian I was when I first came to know Him at age 33? No! He has changed me over the past 17 years, and He will continue to change me and mold me. Praise God for that!

Isaiah 64:8 "Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand."

Here is a song that I just heard as I was writing this challenge. I had never heard of this group or this song before but I ended really enjoying it"God Most High" by Worship Central. I hope you do too. Click here for the lyrics and music. Here are just a part of the lyrics:

"Let this sound of our praise,
Bring all honour to your Name
We lift our hearts,
We lift our hands to You now

God Most High
Here be glorified
In our lives, You are the light,
Hope of the world God Most High"

And I love this quote by Billy Graham "We glorify Christ when we live for Godtrusting, loving, and obeying Him. We glorify God by living lives that honor Him."

Does your life honor Him? Do your represent Him well? Where are the areas that need a little polishing, and where is the Holy Spirit is asking you to change?

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

Luke 11:28 "He replied, 'Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.'"

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 "We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

2 Corinthians 8:23 "As for Titus, he is my partner and co-worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ."

2 Corinthians 10:11 "Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present."

Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."

1 Peter 1:15 (HCSB) "But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct."

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

So, as you get up each day, ask yourself "How will I represent the Lord today? Will He be proud to have me out in His uniform representing Him?" Go out and be all about God today as you represent Him!

The Art
For my art today, I chose to create four Scripture Art Cards again. I just love creating these, and I also love seeing my little book fill up with scriptures. The scriptures I chose to use were 1 John 3:18 and 1 Peter 1:15 along with the quote from Billy Graham.

I used security envelopes in three different ways on these cards. Be sure to check out today's Glory Art {Tips} in the post below to see what I did and how you can create more texture. The big flower stamp comes from Rae Missigman's Natural Elements Stamp Set, and the leaf stamp is from Alisa Burke's Doodle Flowers Rubber Stamp Set.

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 as you go out wearing His uniform representing Him!

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Jonia said...

What a wonderful lesson today Patter. You have blessed my heart with your post and god's word. May we all be representatives of God. Praise His Holy Name!

Anonymous said...

These are lovely! Thanks for showing how you store them and for the story and scriptures. Sometime this week I hope to get back to creating after a long recess. Your posts help me. Thank you, Patter. Jennifer in OH

Mary said...

What a wonderful way to use envelopes! Thank you for sharing the scriptures and your creativity.

Mary from NH

Kristen H said...

I love the story about your daughter. There are times when I feel I may have had to take my uniform off.

I will be playing along on Facebook again. It is nice to see all of the conversations there.

Can't wait to see what everyone makes!

Debbie said...

Patter, I read your story and I could only think about my bible lesson this week... That nothing I can do can make me righteous except through the precious blood of Jesus and not by my good works.. I think I try so hard to live a righteous life it starts to become my own strength that I trust in... which turns out to be pride for me... so I need to take your words and pray that the Holy Spirit would give me wisdom on taking this and incorporate the word in what God is doing in my life right now...Let Christ SHINE through me!!! It's not about me and how hard I try..But I want God to receive all the Glory even in battles of my life...

Gemiel said...

Patter, what a great study today. This morning our pastor preached from Luke 6:27-36 on loving our enemies, doing good to those to hate us, blessing those who curse us and praying for those who mistreat us. What kind of representatives are we if we do not do what Jesus calls us to do in this passage. I just love when the Lord gives us confirmation. Have a blessed week.

Teresa Arsenault said...

What a powerful analogy from your daughter. Thanks for sharing this. I heard about your blog from Angela Hoynes of Crafting with Jack. I am now a follower.
Blessing hugs,

Anne-Marie said...

Patter, you are blessing, thank you.
I have been away overseas and only returned late this week. I might find time to do the first challenge but definitely wanted to do this one.
God's perfect timing as what you have shared fits together so well with my Pastor's sermon today being the start of our theme for this year - Sharing Life - Sharing Christ.

SCarol said...

I'm so enjoying these challenges, Patter, thank you. This one was really inspiring and challenging as well.

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