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Mudd and the Masterpiece

Over the last week I have been reading through the new book “Mud and the Masterpiece: Seeing Yourself and Others through the Eyes of Jesus.”  by John Burke. It has been amazing to hear all the stories of the people who were impacted by the love of Jesus at Gateway.  But the impact of the stories of Jesus and the way he cared and for those that felt more like mud then the masterpiece.  One comment really impacted me as I read this book:

“Think about it: Jesus didn’t confront Zacchaeus about his thieving practices, he offered relationship, and that changed Zach.”

The relationship that comes from the radical grace that Jesus offers to each and every one of us.  What an impactful statement he did not point out the problem but the possibilities.  So it is my hope and prayer that each person that takes the time to read through this book will see that we are a masterpiece created by the master and that we can’t fix the masterpiece ourselves.  When we try to fix the painting the only thing that happens is a distortion of the original creation.  Kind of like what happened to this picture:

When a masterpiece is damaged but fixed by an amatuer.

Spanish Church Painting that was restored by lady in the church.

We spent this last Sunday talking about what happens when we step outside the boundaries of what God created for our lives sexually how that can create guilt and brokeness. That we can feel like the mud has been thrown all over the masterpiece.  It is our hope that everyone understands that forgiveness is received and not achieved.

What does it mean to you when you hear the statement: “He offered a relationship”?


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