We have a lot of art hanging in one of the Student Ministry rooms at our church. There are several prints from Eric Samuel Timm, as well as a bunch of art we’ve created for Reset. Most of it’s pretty straightforward but there’s one print in particular that always gets a lot of conversation. It’s a picture of Jesus and has the words “Repaint Jesus” on it.
Ineveitably, someone asks, “Why would we want to repaint Jesus? Isn’t that what, like, cults do?”
I used to struggle with answering that question until I thought of it like this…
Everywhere I go, I’m a living, breathing billboard with Jesus’ face on it. People see me, hear me claim to follow Jesus and watch everything I do. I repaint Jesus every day.
Some days I screw up. I drop the ball. And I miss the mark. Some days my picture of Jesus isn’t complete. And some days, it isn’t even very accurate. But no matter what, I get up the next morning, leave my house and begin to repaint Jesus yet again.
Don’t edit the painting of Jesus. Just repaint it. Every day. And hopefully, as you do it over and over again, your copy will be more and more like the original.