Gazing on God Through Art | 03

Written By Holy Scripture


Read or listen to Romans 8:5-11.

For those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit. Now the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Spirit is life and peace. The mindset of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit to God’s law. Indeed, it is unable to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you.

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 8 Contemplation


Artist: Emily Cramer

Emily experienced an extraordinary vision, her mind flooded with rich images depicting elements from the world around her. Even before the significance of the vision became evident, she began transferring the images from memory to canvas. As the work progressed, she sensed a theme emerging, and she began to call these works The Building Series, communicating a deep appreciation for the beauty of human transformation.

This painting is a powerful reminder that when we enter the church building, we gather not just as finite bodies, but as human beings who are emboldened by the work of the Holy Spirit, who courses in, around, and through us to accomplish the work of Jesus Christ in the world.

Emily Cramer, Sovereignty, 2021, 48”x60”, Oil on stretched canvas. Used by permission.

This painting is on display at the Christ Community Downtown Campus.


Luke 22:27

1 Comment

  1. Kathryn

    Absolutely beautiful!


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