Gazing on God Through Art | 03

Written By Holy Scripture


Read or listen to Romans 6:15–23.

What then? Should we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? Absolutely not! Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching to which you were handed over, and having been set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? The outcome of those things is death. But now, since you have been set free from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification—and the outcome is eternal life! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What does this passage communicate about your new life in the Spirit?

The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.


When approached with eyes wide open to God’s presence, gazing at beauty in art can be the Holy Spirit’s avenue for an awareness of union with God and spiritual wholeness.

Spend a few minutes meditating on this art.


Keeping the art in mind, wait in prayerful silence for 5 minutes. Write down what the Holy Spirit shows you.


Week 3 of 5 Contemplation

Emancipation from Civil

From the artist Dawn Waters Baker:

“To me, this great tree represents all of the weariness of trying to bring life out of something that has been stripped. The tree I painted depicts the weariness of trying to keep going, keep hoping, and keep reaching towards that elusive thing called freedom. It also speaks into the pain and death that was and is the legacy of America.”

This piece explores the way the landscape at Gettysburg still tells the story of the Civil War. Trees are a familiar and important image throughout Scripture. Consider the broken tree and new life that is made possible to you through Jesus, whose body was broken upon a tree so that we would no longer be slaves to sin and death.

Dawn Waters Baker, Emancipation, 2018, 55×55”, Oil on canvas. Used by permission.

Luke 22:27


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