Stay Busy 2-10-2015
Johann Heinrich von Dannecker (October 16, 1758 in Stuttgart – December 8, 1841 in Stuttgart)
The German sculptor Dannaker worked for two years on a statue of Christ until it looked perfect to him. He called a little girl into his studio, and pointing to the statue, asked her “Who is that?” The little girl promptly replied, “A great man.”
Dannaker was disheartened. He took his chisel and began anew. For six long years he toiled. Again, he invited a little girl into his workshop, stood her before the figure, and said, “Who is that?” She looked up at it for a moment, and then tears welled in her eyes and she folded her hands across her chest and said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me” (Mark 10:14). This time Dannaker knew he had succeeded.
The sculptor later confessed that during those six years, Christ had revealed Himself to him in a vision, and he had only transferred to the marble what he has see with his inner eyes.
Later, when Napoleon Bonaparte asked him to make a statue of Venus for the Louvre, Dannaker refused. “A man,” he said, “who had seen Christ can never employ his gifts in carving a pagan goddess. My art is henceforth a consecrated thing.
Why after we make the decision to follow Christ do we so often turn our sights back to the world? Paul offers us an answer here.
1 corinthians ch 9 v 24-27
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
What is Paul doing here. He is keeping busy, running, boxing,and disciplining his body. He is only doing these things in metaphor but what he is really doing is keeping himself busy in God’s work. Now we know that we are saved by faith and not works lest any should brag, of course none of us would ever dream of bragging. the busier we keep ourselves in God’s work the less likely we are to fall to the temptation of this world.
Works are like forgiveness. They are things God tells us to do for a double benefit. If we forgive we gain forgiveness as well as lifting that weight off of ourselves that forgiveness brings. With works we can help extend the hand of the Kingdom to others as well as keep our heads down and focused on God’s will and blueprint. When we look away is when we ruin the sculpture that the Lord has us working on.
Just as Dannaker felt his talent was consecrated after the statue of Christ to God’s work enough to turn down one of the most wealthy, powerful and ruthless men in the world so should we be in our endeavours to serve our Lord with the talents and vision he has given us for our lives. Paul knew how important this was because it doesn’t take a huge slip to be discredited by this world and tear down your testimony. Never forget your testimony is what people who already are looking for an excuse not not be convicted will reach for if they can.
So in conclusion find your work that God means for you to accomplish. If you don’t know what it is HIT YOUR BIBLE AND YOUR KNEES and you will get an answer. Stay busy with it once you get direction. We are all busy but only the works of God will keep you in the right direction.