06 June 2009

Indescribable


Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God

After missing church last Sunday because of training, I got the chance to go with a friend tonight to my home church out here, Woodmen Valley Chapel. I needed it, and I was glad to go to the house of the Lord.

During the opening music, one of the church members painted a 4' x 6' canvas of Pike's Peak. Beautiful. It was her form of worship, and as we sang songs about the wonder of God's creation, we could look at the painting and be reminded of the amazing view right outside.

During his sermon, our Pastor spoke of three ways of responding to creation: pantheism, where we worship the creation, which leads to a very hollow life; and hedonism, or consumerism, where we use creation for our own needs without care for the consequence.

Suddenly, Pastor took a bottle of black paint and squirted all over the beautiful painting. He was almost in tears - the painting was destroyed. But it was more than a painting. It was the painter's worship. He said it was one of the hardest things he had ever done on that stage. He had talked with painter about it a lot, and had her assurance it was alright. But it was disgusting, to him, to us, to everyone. It is an image I'll never forget. Lesson: Christians are stewards of God's creation. And when we dishonor that creation, we do something far worse than ruin a small canvas.

I have not yet mentioned the third response: worship. We worship God because of the truth, of the beauty, and the authority in His creation. Nothing we have is our own. If you think something is truly yours, that you've earned it, that you've got a right to it, ask yourself this: will it be mine in a hundred years?

I watched Fight Club last night, and even a raw, secular movie like that shows this truth. I'd be very careful watching it, but Tyler Durden makes some good points. "You are not your job. You are not the money you have in the bank. You are not your car. You are not the contents of your wallet."

You are a child of God. A recklessly loved, endlessly pursued child of the living, caring, almighty Creator God.

How will you respond?

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