Colored Pencils: Diverse and Beautiful

Colored Pencils: Diverse and Beautiful

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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[ig_toggle heading=”View Object Lesson – Key Points” onload=”closed”]Pencils come in assorted colors and sizes plus come in packages or individually but their uses are about the same. Every color can create beautiful things independent of the rest but when they are used effectively together, each color enhances the beauty of the others. Their purpose is to put on paper the thoughts or mental images of it’s user in a very colorful and memorable way. So it is, as part of the body of believers, since we are uniquely different but all united in one purpose. The purpose is to serve the Lord and reflect his beauty. Colossians 1:15-23 shows the inter-relationship of God the Father, Christ His Son, and us his people. Verse 15 states, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  16For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  17And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight 23if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister”. You can use a pencil artistically and create an etching worth thousands or a picture so disgraceful one wishes they could erase the image from their memory. The choice is not in the pencil but it’s owner yet the outcome is historic since it is written on the minds of others as well as in the “Book of Works” mentioned in Revelation 15. We are the instrument God uses to share the realities of His kingdom with those around us. As we work together, just as the colors in a pencil pack, we can achieve that goal.[/ig_toggle]

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CardBoard – Different Yet The Same

CardBoard – Different Yet The Same

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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How does a piece of 20# paper help us understand the fact that Christians do have different talents and gifts, yet all Christians are very much the same?

20# plain paper—corrugated, layered, shaped, laminated then shaped, with printing or without printing on it. All items made out of the same material, but with different functions and responsibilities! However ultimately, 20# paper is 20# paper. In the same way Christians are all part of the same family of God, though they don’t all look alike, and they are used differently by God. Romans 12:4-21 lays out this foundational similarity: 4. Just as each of us (as a person) has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5. so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8. if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully”.

Our call to serve the Lord is the same as well. Verse 9 continues, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

In Ephesians 1:3-14 we find no less than 15 blessings available to all believers, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, £both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14who£ is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

Our call to serve him in all we do is defined in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”.

All the items in the above photo are made from the same 20# manila paper yet each appears entirely different from the others. However, all of them were used for the same purpose—packaging, transporting, and protecting an exercise machine. Not a single piece complained about it being different from the other pieces; nor did any piece, regardless of function, fail to perform the part of the packaging it was created to fulfill. We as believers can fulfill enthusiastically the mission given to us without complaining. Colossians 3:17 reads, “Whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him”, Colossians 4:6 reinforces this even more by stating, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” and finally in Paul gives us the source of this ability to act as we should, Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”.

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A Mirror (General Application)

A Mirror (General Application)

Life Lessons Through the Use of Everyday Items

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Whenever we look into a mirror; it reflects the reality of who is looking into it!  Once we see ourselves as we are, then we make choices.  We may choose to keep things as they are and rely on ourselves,as the rich fool did in Luke 12: 16-21.  While reading that story, remember to count the number of times the rich fool used personal terms like“I” and“my”; then analyze his self-reliance versus how God saw his situation.

“He spoke a parable to them, saying: ‘The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17And he thought within himself, saying, “What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?” 18So he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.’” 20But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 21’So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.’”

A second choice we have is to view ourselves and possessions as God sees us.  The focus is on the…

…hereafter, not just the here and now.  You realize what the mirror reflects,and you see that assistance is needed.

Luke 12: 22-31 “Then He said to His disciples, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? 29And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31But seek £the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.’”

The key to possessions and our view of them is summarized in verse 31, “31But seek £the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you”.  The important thing is not the amount you have, but rather your viewpoint about what you have!

COSMETIC CASE WITH MIRROR

Many people have cosmetic cases with a built in mirror.  Obviously, when we look into a mirror; it reflects the realities of the one looking into it!  Once we see ourselves as we really are,blemishes and all,then we actively or passively make choices.People who actively make the choice to alter their appearance with cosmetics may already know what the root word of “cosmetics” is.  “Cosmos” means to bring order out of chaos!  So is it spiritually; the same thing occurs when we look into God’s Word.  Am I satisfied with what I see, or do I want to bring order out of my spiritual chaos by making adjustments that His Word says I need to make!

Jesus declared in John 14:6-7, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me”.  It is by God’s grace that the penalty of sin is paid in full by Christ on the cross.  The promise in 1 Peter 3:18 states, “Christ suffered and died once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (the entire world of people including YOU specifically)!  The adjustment on our part is “to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and we shall be saved” (Acts 16:31, John 1:12).  This fact does not cheapen Christ’s completed work on the cross for us, nor was it easy for Him.  It was made easy enough so all people, including you, can enter His kingdom.  John 3:16 is the most recognized and memorized verse in the Bible, “For God so loved the world (of people) that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:17-18 is an example of God’s awesome grace and mercy when God declares, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not stands condemned already because they did not believe in the name of God’s one and only Son”.

The mirror lets us see what condition we are in and the cosmetics correct the blemishes.  The Bible lets us see our condition and Jesus Christ provides the total blemish correction!  Now is the time for you to look, choose and believe.  The only other option is to walk away forgetting what you have just seen.[/ig_toggle]

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