by Kerry Shook

Mona Lisa: The Masterpiece of Motherhood
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Eph. 2:10 (NLT)


• Rom. 15:7 (NIV)

• 1 Peter 3:7 (Ph)

• James 1:5 (NIV)


• Gal. 6:7-8 (The Msg)

• Stop Bucket Dipping


I remember the first time I saw her. It was summertime in Paris when our eyes met. I stared at her. Her brown, comforting eyes stared back at me through bulletproof glass. I'm pretty sure she was smiling at me, but she was also smiling at 40 or 50 other people who had crowded in just to get a glimpse of the world's most famous painting, the Mona Lisa.

The first time my wife and I went to the Louvre in Paris we headed straight for Leonardo DaVinci's 16th Century oil painting of the woman with the enigmatic smile. I have to be honest. When I first saw the Mona Lisa, I thought what's the big deal? The painting just wasn't what I expected. First, it was smaller then I expected. It's only 2½ ft. by 2 ft. It's in a frame about this size. You have to understand that in the Louvre there are all these paintings on murals, stunning works of art that are so colorful and they cover whole walls and then the Mona Lisa is in a frame this size. It's just an oil painting on poplar wood, this very small 2½ ft. by 2 ft. Secondly, the woman in the painting was just as plain and ordinary and unexciting as she was in all the reproductions of her that I've seen in television and movies all through the years. I thought, how could something that at first glance seems so plain and ordinary and unexciting be so great? Well, I just revealed how much I know about art because the Mona Lisa is the most valuable masterpiece in the world. It's owned by the French government and it's uninsured because it's priceless. No one can insure it because you can't put a price tag on the most famous painting in western art history. At first glance my untrained eye just didn't see the value of Mona Lisa. That reminds me of moms. For those of you who are moms, at first glance maybe it seems like all those things you do are small and insignificant and all those things that you do every day that no one notices are mundane and ordinary and plain, but God says you are a work of art. You are a priceless work of art. In fact, you can't be insured because no one can put a price tag on how valuable you are and how valuable the things you do are. I want us right now to stand in honor of God's Word as we read Ephesians 2:10, our key verse. Let's read it out loud together. "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago." This verse is not just talking about moms, it's talking about every one of us. I want us to pray right now and ask God to really speak to us.
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