April 21, 2017 at 6:00 AM
Could you love a piece of art like this? Probably only if it's created with love from someone you love unconditionally. (Photo by Dan Breen)
By Dan Breen
From an artistic perspective, what you see above is…
Well, I’m not sure exactly how to describe it.
I’d like to call it genius abstract art with deep cultural meaning — the kind of piece that would fetch some nice coin on an art auction.
In reality, it’s a paper plate where the painted colors have bled together to form… Well, there’s really no nice way to say it — a mess.
You might recall those days receiving similar “masterpieces” from you children. This one was created by my 6-year-old daughter, who of course, proudly begged the question, “Do you like it, Daddy?”
“Uh…yeah, honey. It’s, well,…very colorful. I can tell you put a lot of…hmm…colors into it.”
“I’m glad you like it. I made it for you to hang in your office.”
It’s this kind of artwork where the real (and only) reason to love it is that it was made with love by someone you love unconditionally.
Our acts of worship probably look like this paper plate to God. We work so hard on expressing our worship just like we like it — the right music style to sing; the right words to pray; the right church to attend; the right acts of service to perform; the right missions to support; the right Bible version to read. The list goes on.
But do we ever stop to contemplate the question, “What’s right to God?”
This side of heaven, every act of our worship is marred on some level by our own sin and selfishness with an attitude of, “this is what we want.” We assume that must be how God wants to be worshiped, too.
Well, here’s some breaking news: God kind of likes this worship variety thing. He did create an entire universe, afterall.
I’ve been in enough worship settings around the world in my short time at the Luke Society to gain a better appreciation for worship variety. From African dances to Spanish sermons, each is unique and special.
The Bible gives us all kinds of worship examples. David danced. Silas sang. Moses meditated. Paul used his pen.
Does God love our worship because it’s a perfect masterpiece? Certainly not. He loves it as an act of love and total surrender to Him. It’s a matter of the heart.
How will you worship him today?