True Faith is Delighting in Jesus
I’m an art newbie…
Unless you count dabbling in tole painting decades ago, which was almost like paint by number. The chicken napkin holder on our countertop (which my husband won’t let me throw away) is my only reminder of that fiasco.
Last year, I attended a conference at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. The “prophetic art” lining the walls intrigued me, depictions of heaven, lions and lambs, abstracts, a happy Jesus, and more.
In case you aren’t familiar with that term "prophetic art" (neither was I), there are people who create art at their easels, on the platform, during worship! Watching the pieces take shape fascinated me. I could hardly sing because my attention was arrested by watching the painting take form.
During the conference, I wandered hallways to find a less frequented restroom. Upstairs I discovered an abstract painting that captivated me, a starburst of yellows, blues, and golds. The artist had created a majestic metallic splash the likes of which I’d never seen.
Soon after the conference, I started dreaming of painting, creating, exploring colors and shapes. I asked for art supplies for my birthday, and the day couldn’t come soon enough. Poetry sprang from my whetted anticipation as I started noticing details that had long escaped me:
WORSHIP IN LIVING COLOR
Shape. Texture. Contrast.
Colors I can’t name inhabit my dreams,
Senses overwhelmed with the visual palette.
How did I not know?
Shading, brightness, shadow and hue.
Angles, arcs, curves, straight lines.
Awakened to details long asleep,
I gasp and grasp fleeting images.
I long to express the majesty,
The inexplicable goodness
Of a glorious King.
I hunger to worship
In living color.
What a fascinating thing to explore new avenues in God!
Recently, someone put a name to my novice art style: naïve art. Unfamiliar with the term, I looked it up. Sure enough, it’s a thing.
Naïve art is defined as “visual art that is created by a person who lacks the formal education and training that a professional artist undergoes.” Another site described it as, “…characterized by a childlike simplicity and frankness, and often there’s an awkward relationship with the formal qualities of painting, for instance ignoring the traditional three rules of perspective.”
I had to laugh! “Childlike simplicity” is absolutely true, but “ignoring the three rules of perspective?” Never. You can’t ignore what you don’t know!
How like our faith is that?
Naïve Christianity. What a delightful state.
Do you remember what your first blush of love with Jesus felt like? No rules, but joy unspeakable. I remember feeling like I was playing in His presence. Colors felt brighter and music sounded sweeter.
Or maybe your first experiences with God were rule-filled and legalistic. If so, religion was the joy killer, not Jesus. A freedom, fun-filled and joyful journey awaits you still!
Then I spent years keeping rules and bowing to religious expectations. The fun of being in intimate fellowship with my heavenly Father became lost in the pharisaical pretense.
No more. I have learned delighting in Jesus is the essence of faith. True faith. Pure faith. A faith that doesn't depend on anything except the grace of God through Christ Jesus.
The only “rule of three” we need to know is God is a triune being – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three in One. And all rejoice over us, His children.
Enjoy the faith of a child, my friend. Explore, delight, learn, and ultimately grow. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all the things we need to know...and do. Serving Him is important, but the relationship comes first. Our service springs from a heart full of love and gratitude.
Find the simplicity and joy of your love for Jesus. It’s never too late.
I’m living proof.
“You love him passionately although you did not see him, but through believing in him you are saturated with an ecstatic joy, indescribably sublime and immersed in glory. For you are reaping the harvest of your faith—the full salvation promised you—your souls’ victory!” 1 Peter 1:8-9 TPT
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