Stained Glass and Being Perfect

By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Heb. 10:14
By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain

Stained Glass and Imperfection

I confess. I’m an addict.
The lighting is off,
but my latest stained glass
A couple of years ago, I discovered stained glass making. Now it’s my obsession.
I love the colors, texture and transparency of glass. Years dabbling in all art forms have given me a good skill on composition and color.
Soldering on the other hand?
Let’s just say it’s far less than perfect. And it’s funny, people don’t seem to notice. I sold a piece at a craft fair that displayed my strength–color and light. That’s what the buyer noticed. We held it up to the sun, and she oohed over the play of light. Not only that, the customer praised my skill.
My skill?
You’d be proud of me. I did not point out the uneven soldering, bumps, or foiling faux-pas.
However, stained-glass perfection wasn’t coming on my own, so I signed up for a class with an expert. She gave me little tips. They improved the things I did well, and the soldering. It looked good.
It’s not going to win an art show. Yet. However the improvement was tremendous. My gift with glass is being made perfect as long as I continue to practice and learn from those better than I.
And that’s the same with God’s holiness.

How To Become Holy

We haven’t arrived at holiness on our own.
  1. It’s already done for us by Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.
  2. And our character in the world? That’s being made holy (Heb. 10:14). With tips from the Master, giant strides can be made, and we will be better people today than we were yesterday.
  3. What does God consider holy? The only way to know is to read his word, spend time in prayer, fellowship with strong Christians and rest.
None of the above is any different than learning any other skill.
I will never be a Louis Comfort Tiffany. Never will I be Jesus Christ, either. That’s okay. In Christ, I’m becoming more like him and in the day that I meet Him, I will be like Him. (1 John 3:2).
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