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“Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God” (Ephesians 5:1-2, New English Translation).

Sync — short for synchronize: to set two things to the same time or value, or to update a database shared by two devices (urbandictionary.com).

To live in this digital age, we often find it necessary to sync our various electronic devices. I wear a fitness tracker; and when I go to the app on my phone, it tells me it is “syncing and refreshing.” Soon my cell phone shows the same information as my tracker. My laptop backs up my files to the cloud, which provides an exact duplicate of what I’ve done. That’s important in case my computer crashes. I can then restore everything.

How to Sync Spiritually

With all this syncing going on in life, wouldn’t it be great if we had something that could sync us with God. This would allow us to think like Him, act like Him, love like Him—you get the idea. We need to be completely like Him in our lives—totally in sync. And sometimes that’s not easy. We fail. But there is a way.

Second Corinthians 3:18 speaks of being “changed into the same image” as the Lord. But how do we take on His characteristics and allow this transformation to happen? The end of verse 18 tells us “even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” We are transformed when we allow God’s Spirit to control our lives.

When our heart beats in sync with God’s heart, things important to Him become important to us. We love what He loves; we hate what He hates. Our thoughts and actions will reflect His Spirit living and working in our life. No longer is it all about us—our goals, our ambitions, our desires. We are in sync so our values mirror His. We have His mind.

“But we have the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16, NET).

Taking on His Image

As a child of God, we leave our old sinful nature behind and take on His image. We are synchronized with Him. Nothing is more wonderful than that.

“Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him” (Colossians 3:10, New Living Translation).

Prayer: Dear Lord, my desire is to become more and more like You. To think like You, to act like you, to love like You. Transform me through the power of Your Spirit so I will take on Your image and mirror Your characteristics.

 

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14, KJV.

Blank Canvas

A few years ago I bought two blank canvases, acrylic paint, and paintbrushes. I purchased these items with the intention of painting, but when I arrived home I packed them in a storage closet. From time to time, I would take the canvases out, look at them, and then put them back. I was hesitant about painting on them because I did not want to ruin them by making a mistake and I didn’t want to waste my paint.

Then—I had an epiphany.

Wasting Potential 

I realized I have been wasting my canvases for three years by not using them. The purpose of a canvas isn’t to sit in a dark closet in my house; its purpose is to be painted. I had been wasting its potential.

Every great artist has stood in front of a blank canvas—Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso, and Van Gogh had the same opportunity in front of them.

The possibility for a blank canvas is endless.

What would have happened if Monet never picked up a paintbrush? Or, how different would The Louvre, and other famous art museums, be if Monet hid his ‘Water Lily’ paintings in a storage closet?

Everyone has the potential to accomplish great things—to create a masterpiece with their life. A person can have exceptional potential to be a world-renowned artist, but if they decide to hide their gift and pursue things far below their potential, then they will never have the opportunity to share their talent and story with the world.

This devotion is to help you become your own artist, with the help of a vast and creative God. Stop hiding your canvas and make a decision to paint past hurt, failures, pain, victories, and dreams. You are a work in progress, but you are still a masterpiece.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for creating me in Your image. I pray that you would help live up to my full potential. I do not want to hide in the shadow, but I want to be a light to this dark world. Remind me that I am fearfully made and a masterpiece in the making. Help me to never hide the canvas of my life.