One of the most common statements that I hear people say is, "I have a problem!" I can't tell you how many people walk into my office with that as their opening line.
We want solutions. We want answers. We want to be fixed. So naturally that's how many people approach God. They believe that God has the solution to their problems. But here's the thing-you are not a problem that God is trying to solve. God does not see you as a problem. In fact, nowhere in the Bible will you find God referring to people as problems.
What the Bible does say is that you "... are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago" (Ephesians 2:10). Did you catch how God sees you? Go ahead, read it again.
You are His masterpiece. You are his work of art. Art is very different than math. Math is all about solutions. Math is all about coming to a conclusion. Math is always about solving a problem. Art however is expressive and creative. Art is meant to be put on display which is why art shows tend to be more successful than math shows.
Art is not something you solve. Problems are for solving but art is about shaping and forming and making.
That's what God wants to do with you. He's more concerned about shaping you than fixing you. Now before you embrace this truth make sure you understand that as beautiful as art can be it can be a painful and ugly process.
Art takes time to form and when it comes to letting Jesus shape you, you have to be willing to give him your life. That means he gets the real you. All that stuff that you hide from everyone else. Your hurt, your issues, your pain, your secrets, your sin-all of it. Everything! Jesus wants it all. It's all those things that God uses as his canvas to create something beautiful with and in your life.
But it's not a quick fix. Art takes time. If you're not willing to let God shape you, you'll never have the joy of seeing the masterpiece he wants to create with your life. It's never what we expect but always better than what we expect.
That's what an authentic relationship with God is like. It's always growing and changing. It's like great art. It's constantly being formed and in the end it's more beautiful than you ever thought it would be.
So next time you need a solution in your life instead of praying "God solve me" why not pray "God shape me." Then stand back and watch the artist do his work.
. Shawn is a pastor at Promontory Ministries. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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