Scripture Pictures

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Some time ago one of my nephews called my images “Scripture pictures”. I thought that was very fitting description of what we are doing. A little bit later I was showing some of my pictures in a local art display, and was asked by the organizer if I had any images that did not have Scriptures on them. My response was simple, no. As I started taking these pictures, my wife and I spent a lot of time talking about what quotes we would put on the images. We talked about putting lines of hymns on some pictures, and we considered inspirational quotes from famous preachers. We delved into the notion of selling pictures without any text on them. The end result of our conversations was the commitment to produce images with Scriptures attached. Why this commitment?

The answer to that question starts with my theology. I believe, without any reservation or doubt, that the Word of God is exactly what it claims to be. Therefore, I believe the Bible was authored by God through the instruments of “holy men of old.” (2 Peter 1:21) I believe that the Bible is authoritative and sufficient for every issue of life and faith (2 TImothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:3). Finally, I believe that the Word of God is the only thing able to change the way we think, feel, believe and live into that which is pleasing to God. Paul told the Roman believers, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17) and the author of the letter of Hebrews told the Jewish believers, “The Word of God is {alive} and powerful.” The reason we produce pictures with portions of Scriptures on them is because of the Bible’s powerful ability to change us.

I don’t tell you this simply so you will know why I do what I do. I write this so that you may consider why you do what you do. In every portion of your life, you must be convinced of 2 things: the perfect sufficiency of the Word for your life and your personal responsibility to study that Word. Merely looking at a verse hanging on the wall will not change you. Simply reading an inspirational book will not change your heart. Even listening to a good sermon about the Bible will not make the biggest difference. What will radically change the way you think, act, feel, talk, believe and live is for you to spend your own time reading, studying, memorizing and thinking about the Bible. This commitment to the Word must become a priority in each of our lives. A commitment to the Word exceeds the commitment to gaining knowledge. A commitment to the Word exceeds the commitment to a minimum amount of time in Bible study. A commitments to the Word entails a commitment to letting the Word change you. This commitment is a commitment concerning control. The great issue at stake is not whether the Bible is plastered on my pictures. The great issue is whether my life is controlled by the Word. How about you?

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