Monday, February 29, 2016

The Works Of Our Hands

About this sculpture: 
This is fabric collage over vintage plaster glove mold. Created for the "Show Us Your Hands" fundraiser for Arts Council of Lincoln County and Lincoln County Schools that, unfortunately, never happened. Still, I enjoyed creating this piece and hope to do another one, soon. 

Stop offering the parts of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have been brought from death to life and the parts of your body as instruments of righteousness to God. 
Romans 6:13

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire.
Mark 9:43

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Psalm 24: 3-4

Let the sweetness of Lord Jehovah our God be upon us, because of the works of his hands which he has fashioned for us, and he formed us among the work of his hands! 
Psalm 90:17

Take a look at your hands. Your hands are marvelous creations of the Most High God. We are created in the image of God. Romans 6:13 says we should offer our bodies as instruments of righteousness. Let that sink in. 
Because the Spirit of Jesus Christ lives in us, we are the righteousness of God, in Christ Jesus. Our hands are to be His hands in this world. 

Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for you have been bought with a price, so glorify God in your bodies. 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I had an experience with God where I actually felt Him slipping into my hands, as if they were His gloves. I heard the Holy Spirit tell me to be confident, that He was animating my hands when I was doing the good works that He had prepared for me since the foundation of the world. It was a very moving and profound experience. 

As artists, we should be fully dependent on the Holy Spirit to flow through our hands. 
We have THE Creator of the Universe, living inside of us who has anointed us with skill and desires to be expressed through His creation. In other words, God desires to be expressed through your hands. 

Give Him your hands, go and advance the Kingdom !

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