Our Mona Lisa

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, May 13, 2019

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. 2 Corinthians 8:7 ESV

According to Wikipedia, The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci that has been described as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world." The Mona Lisa is also one of the most valuable paintings in the world. It holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at US$100 million in 1962 (equivalent to $650 million in 2018). The painting is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. It is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506; however, Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517.

This morning, the Spirit of the Lord told me that he wants my service to the Lord to be like a Mona Lisa. I must admit, I was taken back by the revelation and the command from the Lord. However, the Lord reassured me that he has given me the gifts and ability for my service to Him to be my Mona Lisa to him.

I have been to the Louvre in Paris a couple of times to see the Mona Lisa. During both occasions, I was astonished to see the attention that painting received. Five hundred years after it was painted, this masterpiece remains the most famous work of art. I’m not sure Da Vinci thought that the Mona Lisa was going to be celebrated through the ages as much as it has. However, I presume he wanted to paint a masterpiece.

In today’s text, Paul tells the believers in Corinth to excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in love, and grace. He wants their service to be their Mona Lisa to God. After all, in Ephesians 2:10 we are told that we are God’s masterpiece created for good works.

We are the Lord’s, Mona Lisa. We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). We should excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, life and grace. Whatever we do in time will echo in eternity. Years from now, people will not remember the model of cars we drove, or the type of houses we lived in, or the clothes we wore, or the country club we frequented. However, they will remember the excellent service we rendered in the name of the Lord.

You have an opportunity to paint a Mona Lisa with your words and deeds today. Those who preach should excel in their craft through preparation so they can reveal the word of God in excellence. Paint your Mona Lisa as a mother, or wife, or husband, or employee, or daughter, or son, or neighbor, or in the application of your spiritual gifts in the work of ministry. Let your name be tantamount to excellence. We should do everything with all our heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Colossians 3:23).

It took Da Vinci at least fourteen years to finish the Mona Lisa. It takes time to develop a tradition of excellence. You and I can begin our journey today. We can start by inviting the Holy Spirit to change our attitude so we can excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, in grace, and our love for one another.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please give us the wisdom and the aptitude to serve you in excellence in everything we do.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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