May 26, 2008 Ration

Colossians 2:3-4

“…In [Christ] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with persuasive argument.”

You will not find all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in art and art culture, you will find them in Christ. Christ may lead you to the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in Him through an artistic expression, and even show you how the pleasures in art are an emanation of His wisdom and knowledge. But do not be deluded, artists, In Christ, and not in art, are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. We must get the SOURCE and END right!

In Christ are hidden…Paul says. This should awaken your artistic inquisitor. Are you not always in search of the beautiful, the valuable, and the capture of the lovely in your artistry? In the person of Christ, the marred, the plain, the sorrowful, the bruised, the servant, the despised, the rejected, the majesticless, the bloody (Isaiah 52-53), are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Search in vain no more for the treasure you seek, artist, you will find all treasures when you find Christ.

It will take great and extensive digging to mine all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that dwell deep in Christ’s reserve. They are hidden, yes, but they are only hidden from those who will not seek them in earnest, nor enjoy them in sincerity. The lazy, the slothful, the prideful, the gambler, the glutton, the “righteous-in-their-own-eyes,” are whose lame and sleight hands they are hidden from. Such treasures will not be cheapened through ticker-taped distribution. Yes they are free, but they are not scattered only to be swept under foot. No, God will not suffer the treasures of wisdom and knowledge to be abused by the foolish and ignorant, which is why He hid them in Christ.

There are many persuasive arguments that claim these treasures can be found elsewhere. Persuasive deludists resort to arguable claims because they have yet to lay claim to Christ. If they had, they would not have attempted to pawn off chalcopyrite for gold. Since they have yet to handle real gold, they have deluded themselves into thinking that gold is only a color, and do not understand that it is an element. Wisdom and knowledge are not mere word phrases and theories, riddles and equations, degrees and academics, they are the “elements” from which God created the universe (Psalm 104).

Take heart, artist, wisdom and knowledge will not be hidden from those who dig with the spade of faith! Of course, none of us are born in possession of such a spade, and such a spade cannot be bought. But God will give generous spades to any who would desire to mine the treasures in Christ by them. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God (Romans 11:33a)!

So as you ponder what you might labor to express through your artistry, do not fail to mine Christ for your treasury of wisdom and knowledge. These treasures are found only in Him, and are made known in measure through all that He has made as “…all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-117b).

Uncover and enjoy what is hidden in Christ, artists! And from your joy, may your artistry tenderly persuade the deluded persuaders that what they hold is only fool’s gold.

Jason Harms


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