Painting God’s portrait well

As followers of Jesus, we are called to reflect God with our lives, describe God with our words, to point others to Him.

Is the description, the image of God others are getting from us compelling enough to draw them to Him?

As true today as it was nearly 50 years ago, I love what J.B. Phillips wrote in Your God Is Too Small:

The trouble with many people today is that they have not found a God big enough for modern needs.  While their experience of life has grown in a score of directions, and their mental horizons have been expanded to the point of bewilderment…their ideas of God have remained largely static.

…Many men and women today are living, often with inner dissatisfaction, without any faith in God at all.  This is not because they are particularly wicked or selfish or, as the old-fashioned would say, “godless,” but because they have not found with their adult minds a God big enough to account for life, big enough to fit in with the new scientific age, big enough to command their highest admiration and respect, and consequently their willing co-operation.

…If it is true that there is Someone in charge of the whole mystery of life and death, we can hardly expect to escape a sense of futility and frustration until we begin to see what He is like and what His purposes are.

This is what I love and live to do, to help others escape a sense of futility and frustration by painting for them a vast and glorious picture of what God is like and His purposes for them.

I don’t always reflect God as I could or should, but He knows I want more than anything to paint His portrait well.

I like the sound of that…you and I becoming people who with our lives, our words, our actions produce beautiful, attractive, and compelling portraits of God.  (See 2 Corinthians 3:12-18)

Let’s just make sure we use bold colors and the biggest canvas we can find.

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