I have a friend who is an artist; she is also an art professor. Some things she paints I understand and some I do not understand. I have a piece of her art in my house titled “And None of His Words Hit the Ground.” I did not commission the work but I love the truth that it conveys even if I don’t readily see it on the canvas.
The verb form of commission is to give an order for or authorize the production of something. In His last words in Matthew 28:18-20 commonly referred to as The Great Commission, Jesus commissioned a work: the building of his church. A few chapters back in Matthew 16:13-20 Jesus says He will build his church on the rock, not Peter, but the confession that He is the Christ the Son of God. Jesus is building His church; the commission still stands. His church is an incredible work of art, a patchwork of peoples united into one body– a place where each is important and needed, each uniquely made, and gifted to bring value to the whole.
Like art there are times I don’t get the church and all her disparate parts… the larger church with her different denominations, passions, causes, beliefs, and seemingly different missions. Jesus is painting on a large canvas that at times seems like modern art. Thankfully I am reassured by the fact that He has not called me to understand what He is doing, and how this body that He is building should look while He is building it. In John 21:21-23 Jesus addresses Peter’s question about what He is doing with another man, another part of the church. His answer: “What is that to you? You follow me”. Ah…. words I can understand.
by Fred Meserall
Fred and his wife Susan began attending Kingsway in June of 2014. They found Kingsway to be a place of refreshment and healing after their previous church experience. Fred is passionate about pursuing God, family, and lifegroups (including his current group which has been meeting continuously for 16 years). Fred and Susan absolutely love the fact that they, their two daughters and their husbands, and grandchildren all attend church together. Fred is a non-recovering “aquaholic” who enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, communing with God, working on his videoblog (aptly titled “Still at the Beach”), and all things surf and family.