September 17, 2007 Ration

John 12:41-43

“Isaiah said these things because he saw His glory and spoke of Him. Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in Him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.”

For fear of the Pharisees, for fear of being put out of the synagogue, for fear of losing their status among men, for fear of not receiving the glory that man gives to each other, for fear of a creature which dies and at worst can only kill your flesh as God summons you to heaven, for these very present and very faithless fears, many who believe in Christ will not confess it.

Artists, who is going to stand by you when you fail in your artistic pursuits? Who is going to stand by you when your artistic inspiration dries up? Who is going to stand by you when the art market winds shift and your artwork isn’t marketable anymore? Who is going to stand by you throughout your crippling that severs all realities of ever being the artist you once were? Who is going to be standing by you when you stand before God and have to give account of your confession, your days, and your toil on earth? Every man will flee all association with you on that last day of judgment…except Christ, if He knows you.

Only Christ will be standing with you, indeed, only Christ will be holding you! So why submit to the fear of men, artists, if men will never completely stand by you anyway? Rather, fear God who is holding you up such that you will stand against whatever men, markets, failures, uncertainties, rejections, and terrors hurl against you. This is when you will begin to see the unfathomable glory of God! And this is when you will want to speak of nothing less.

Isaiah saw the glory of God, and in great fear realized, “woe is me, for I am ruined!” But God forgave Isaiah of his sins and said, “Go and tell this people….” When Isaiah saw and understood the glory of God as it stands against the glory of man, he, with great confidence and contentment, spoke of God; he spoke for God.

Artists, never mind what man thinks regarding your confession of belief in Christ. Never mind the associations that bar you from their fellowship. Never mind the loss you incur or potential you forfeit. Never mind the ridicule you gain on account of Christ, rather, leap for joy that your reward in heaven is great because of it! Men may throw you out of their little artistic “synagogue,” their little shadow of the glory that is to come. But those same men will grope to confess when they see the glory that is bestowed by God upon the one who confessed in His Son before them.

Make your choice now, artists. What is your confession? Christ or creature? The creature is mortal; the Christ stands immortal! Is it in the glory that comes from man, or the glory that comes from God? Man’s glory perishes with him; God never perishes! Behold, enjoy, and speak of the great glory of God.

Jason Harms


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