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Week of: May 7, 2017
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:19-25
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness ... now you have returned to the Shepherd, the Overseer of your souls.
(1 Peter 2:23b-25, NIV)
Think back to the beginning of our story. Adam, creatively made in the image of God, made a terrible decision that cost him and us everything. The Garden of Eden was a work of art in worship and included direct fellowship with God, a body designed to live forever, all the food required, no disease or sickness. Adam sinned and we inherited the consequences.
But God didn’t give up. God’s next artistic design was sending Jesus, God’s Son, as atonement for the wages of sin. Now we can begin again without Adam hanging over our heads.
Jesus paid the price, and we are set free to make faithful decisions, beauty-filled decisions – as Christ would have us do. God’s ever-creating gift of grace enfolds artists and worship leaders in those occasions when our creative endeavors are misunderstood or challenged or, perhaps, taken for granted.
Author of Creation, overseer of our souls, we entrust our lives to you - the one who judges justly and loves us so much. You sent your Son to accomplish what we could not. Thank you for giving us life and opportunities to create and to make visible and audible the good news of Jesus. Enable us, in our ministries, to persevere in the face of apathy or adversity, remaining steadfast as Jesus did. Amen.