Learning Submission

The Louvre in Paris is perhaps the most famous art museum in the world. It displays originals by such masters as Delacroix, Michelangelo, Rubens, da Vinci, Ingres, Vermeer, and many others.

However, since 1793, the Louvre has encouraged something that may surprise you. They have opened their doors to aspiring artists, allowing them to come and copy the works of the masters. Some of our most famous modern artists have done so and have become better painters by artistically imitating the best the world has ever known.

An article in Smithsonian magazine tells about Amal Dagher, a 63-year-old man who has been duplicating art at the Louvre for 30 years. Dagher remains in awe of the masters and continues to learn from them. He said, “If you’re too satisfied with yourself, you can’t improve.”

Paul instructed us to be “imitators of God” in the opening verses of Ephesians 5. Then, he sets about to give us usable definitions and examples of what that looks like. Like the Louvre copyists, we’ll never reach perfection before we get to heaven. However, we must resist the temptation to be satisfied with our present imitation of Jesus. The world around us desperately needs us to continue to look to Him, learn from Him, and walk with Him through this dark world, carrying with us the light of life.

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