I’m reading a book by Ken Gire called, The Work of His Hands. The subtitle is, The Agony and Ecstasy of Being Conformed to the Image of Christ. It’s a compelling idea. The agony is the process. The ecstasy is those thrilling moments when we find that we’ve actually done what Jesus would do. Becoming like Jesus is an impossible task for a human to achieve, and the more the Lord, by His grace, allows us to grow in resemblance to Christ, the enemy wants to bust us up! 

Pieta’ is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest work of sculpture. This is the foundation of Gire’s book. The statue depicts Jesus – held in Mary’s arms after the crucifixion. In the early 70s, a man stood in line and waited to view the masterpiece. When he reached the area where the statue sits, he jumped the barrier, pulled a hammer from his coat and assaulted the Pieta’ striking it almost 20 times before being stopped. The damage was significant. 

The message of the book is that each of us is supposed to be God’s masterpiece. Through the attacks of the enemy and the ravages of sin, our God like image is marred, but it is not gone. The part of any of us that is good is God in us. I’m not unaware (double negative intended) of the horrible corruption that sin has brought into our souls. But I don’t believe that man is a seething helpless bag of depravity (see Romans -16.) The second point is that God uses a process to restore us to His image that is both agony and ecstasy.  

If you’ve been hammered by the enemy, assaulted by the world, tortured by sin and terrorized by your own selfishness – then take heart. Paul wrote, ”For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).  

When we walk with Christ, He is always in the process of repairing our hearts and restoring our souls. Run to Him for strength, renewal and comfort. Dive into his arms and offer your burden as a sacrifice to Him – whether guilt, shame, remorse or pain. He is the Master and we are the Work of His hands. 

telemicus out

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