This week we continue our journey through Advent by reading the scripture passages for the 2nd Sunday of Advent 2014. This is very much a Podcast about preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ as people of repentance. God bless you in this Advent season.
Song featured on this Podcast, “He Shall Reign” by Rick Lee James available on iTunes at this link.
This week’s episode was recorded at a house show where I met a cool guy name Jon Morgan. Jon’s new EP is full of really great music from start to finish and I am so pleased to be able to feature his music today on the show as well as an interview. We play three songs on this episode, one live and two studio cuts which can be purchased at www.JonMorganMusic.bandcamp.com. You’re going love this soulful original music by a unique and creative artist.
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In my prayer time this morning I was reflecting on the love and grace that God has showered on us, creating us in His image and likeness, making us His temple. What really stood out to me today was the idea that we have been made in the image of God.
There’s a lot in that statement, more than I’m sure I’ve ever grasped. One thing that continually stands out to me when I think of that phrase is how closely the word image is linked with the word imagination. It makes the phrase take on new meaning for me.
Here’s how Genesis 1:27 reads “So God (Elohim- The Creator) created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
Now read it with the word imagination replacing the word image. “So God (Elohim- The Creator) created mankind in his own imagination, in the imagination of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
As someone who is a recovering self-loather, I have to pause when I think that I have been created in the image (imagination) of God. All of us have been. When the Creator uses His imagination, He creates things in His image. It makes me wonder, how creative are we if we are trying to imitate someone else in our work? Do I write songs so I can sound like Mumford and Sons or do I write songs to sound like Rick Lee James?
When God uses His imagination and creates, the creation ends up being like Him. We see this in all creation. Animals, mammals, trees, oceans, mountains, people, and everything else in creation reflect some aspect of who God is.
So here’s are some questions.
Does our best art reflect who we are?
Is it good art if it doesn’t say something truthful about it’s creator?
Rick Lee James