Kendall’s Painting for my Office

Posted: April 14, 2010 in General Updates, Marriage / Family, Relationship w/ Jesus

Here is a picture that Kendall painted for my office.  She is quite the artist and has been able to use her artistic gift more since we have moved to CA and are not in school.  She painted this picture for my office and she has also painted an awesome picture from our wedding for our apartment (I’ll try to get a picture of that up on here at some point soon).

Kendall's Painting for my Office. The quote is from Hebrews 12:1-2.

I wanted to have her paint something for my office that would have a spiritual significance that reminds me and everyone who enters my office of our need to stay focused on following Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer!  After discussing Scriptures that could be used, Kendall and I decided on Hebrews 12:1-2.  The author of Hebrews calls us to throw off the sin that entangles us and to run the race of the Christian life with perseverance.  The mark that we set our eyes on is Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, “who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

In the painting there are several significant factors that I would like to point out:

1)  Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).  In this painting there is a narrow road, which is the race marked out for us that leads to life in Jesus.  To the right and the left of the road is desert (not life).

2)  The narrow road leads to the sun.  Jesus said of himself, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12)  This is to represent our focus on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

3) Half of the sky is stormy and the other half is blue skies.  In life there are times of intense trial and times of abundant blessing, but regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in we need to keep focused on Jesus.  It is so often easier for people to come to God in the midst of their trial, but it is harder for people to realize their need for Him in the midst of good times.  We must know and always realize that we need God 24/7, good times, and bad times.  We need to keep focused on Jesus in the good times because inevitably trials will come.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2

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