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The Christian Palette, Issue #004 -- A Christian Artist's Benefits
June 05, 2015
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A Christian Artist's Benefits
Seems to me that I run into more people than I care to count who are worried about benefits. Are you? Are you concerned about your health, unemployment or retirement benefits? Are you covered for an unexpected turn of events?
If you thought that I was going to address the practical aspects of finding the best benefits available for Christian artists, I’m going to disappoint you.
Instead, I’d like to remind you about some outstanding benefits in the Bible that are worth rejoicing about, because they cover every possible unfavorable outcome and are far superior to any known man made system.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. Psa 103:2,3
Why would I want to worry about getting sick if God has already promised to heal me? Unconvinced? Perhaps you’d like a promise from the New Testament. Well, here it is.“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;by his wounds you have been healed.” 1Pe 2:24
This is a Biblical statement of fact in the past tense. If we have been healed when Jesus took our punishment over two thousand years ago, then we are healed today. Sickness has no power over us if we will die to sin and live for righteousness - and believe. Conventional medical benefits hardly seem like much of a perk the light of this promise!
Unemployment and Retirement Benefits
This is a big one. Having a job that pays well takes care of our material needs and fills us with purpose and satisfaction. It empowers us and gives us choices along with a sense of being fruitful. Unemployment benefits kick in when we are caught in the gap between jobs and we look to the government to step in to take care of our needs until we are once again gainfully employed.
As Christian artists, both our job satisfaction and job longevity are covered beautifully in this one pithy statement of fact from the Bible. We don’t require assistance from anyone else when we are confident in the care of our Heavenly Father. This too we receive when we believe.“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [a]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” AMP Eph 2:10
Our job is so good that in just the working of it there is great benefit! What a blessed life we can live as Christian artists because we were created by God for it! Our creative gift responds to our Redeemer as a flower to the sunshine. We can enjoy sweet, silent communion with the Father with our visual language. What a privilege to experience the expansive joy of worship with our art and so much more!
If that were not enough, He allows us the thrill of discovery of the beauty of His world and the satisfaction of creatively expressing our delight in it. Surely you have experienced it too!
If not, why not?
Choose to believe, for His yoke is truly easy and His burden light.
He is the best boss there is and serving Him is a delight. We will never be underpaid, overworked or unemployed. He knows just what to hold us accountable for. He teaches, guides and stretches us to conquer new challenges by encouraging us.
Then this one should do it for you.
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” Psa 68:19
If you desire to be daily loaded with His benefits, so that the world’s system of medical, retirement, unemployment and innumerable other benefits pale in comparison, then believe His word and bless Him.
Call me naive, if you will, but I choose His word and His benefits over anything that anyone else can offer!
I have tasted the good life as an artist in His service and it is truly loaded with more benefits than I can articulate here. I pray that you will trust Him too and step into His system of benefits.
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