“Why do we struggle to treat people like the immensely valuable, one-of-a-kind Masterpiece God created with his own hand? Do you see the mud? Or do you see the Masterpiece God wants to restore? What you focus on determines who you become and the impact you have on people around you!”
“The Pharisees primarily focused on the mud of sin that covered the lives of the irreligious. They prided themselves in mud-avoidance. They fixated on mud. They tried to clean the mud off others with their own dirt — it didn’t work then, and it doesn’t work now!”
“Jesus was different. Jesus demonstrated a spiritual vision that he wants to impart to us—to see the Masterpiece he sees in us, and to renovate us to become people whose hearts reflect what God sees, under even the muddiest sin-stained life. Jesus saw God’s Masterpiece, waiting to be revealed by his grace, and as a result, many people actually became what he envisioned them to be.”
“That’s what God’s grace is all about! God’s grace cleanses and restores all willing people! We may trust in God’s grace, but do we live in it? Do we exude grace to others? And how do we show grace like Jesus did to mud-stained Masterpieces?”
— John Burke, “Mud and the Masterpiece”, Kindle locations 215, 218-224
From Tim: I wish every follower of Jesus would read this book and learn how to live a life of love and grace as Jesus did!