What if you went to a famous art museum because you heard there would be a famous painting on display. You found the painting and were standing there admiring how beautiful it was, when a museum employee came up and unceremoniously removed the name plate beside the painting and replaced it with one which said the work was actually done by an artist you had never heard of! You watched as the employee went to another painting that you had just passed by without even noticing and put the first name plate up next to that painting. A couple of minutes ago, you thought the first painting was a masterpiece. Now you are thinking you were deceived.
How easily in this life we are deceived by things that catch our eye! We sometimes get caught thinking, “If I can only have a nicer house, newer car, or better job, I will be content!” We ignore the image of Christ we see in other people and in each of God’s marvelous creations, and we focus on what is only temporary. Today’s society—indeed, society for centuries—has wooed us with ideas and things that take our focus away from the One Who created the earth and everything in it. We would do well to shift our focus daily back to Jesus, who is “the way, the truth and the life.” It is in the Master that we will find a true masterpiece.
Great God of the universe, thank you for all the beautiful things you have created and for the many wonderful things you have enabled people to create. Remind us daily that we may appreciate the things of earth, but the most important thing we need to do is to prepare ourselves for eternity. Amen