Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Colouring Beyond the Lines

God will not colour within our expected and preconceived lines of theology, humanity and creation.

Time and again God redefines our understanding and expectations of God's own Self and who we are in our own humanity.

The life and parables of Jesus consistently catch us off-guard, challenging and transforming all that we think we know into a shock and awe of what we don't know.; the Samaritan woman at the well, the parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector, the Syrophoenician woman, the prostitute who breaks a jar of perfume over Jesus' feet, the parable of the Good Samaritan, the encounter with the woman subject to bleeding - examples of how Jesus will not colour between the lines of theology, humanity and creation.

The giving of the Holy Spirit to Cornelius in the early Church history again is an example of how God will not be defined by us, restricted by our own prejudices and expectations.

God is painting a masterpiece, a creation and re-creation of all things on the canvas of humanity, the heavens and the earth.

It is a masterpiece that bears the wounds of the crucifixion, a reality of the suffering we face, honest in the light of pain and evil, yet one day able to overcome with the brushstrokes of his Divine Life and Love and grace.

Careful that you do not miss what God is doing beyond your own 'paint-by-numbers'.  The Spirit of God may be scribbling beyond the lines, doing something transformational, calling an unexpected people in the most unexpected places in the most unexpected ways.

The God who colours beyonds the lines invites you to join the Spirit in scribbling beyond the lines of expectations and into a kaleidoscope of colour, into a masterpiece being created by the Great Artist of grace.

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