Essay Analysis Of The Poem ' The Heart Of The Artist '

1178 Words Nov 21st, 2016 5 Pages
In his book, “Heart of the Artist,” Noland addresses topics that concern character building for ministry. It is very a practical guide to every-day living as a Christ follower. These can be things every Christian has heard before, but there is depth and importance to what the Lord speaks within Noland’s writing. A few of the main points he touches that I will reflect on are, servant-hood v. stardom, the artist in community, and the artist and sin.
Servant-hood v. Stardom A lot of times within the Christian faith there is this fine line that borders pride and humility. Even things intended for good can easily be turned into a prideful motive. So, where is the line? In ministry that are so many opportunities to serve, but what does it mean to serve? When I looked up the definition of ‘serve,’ I found it meant “a devoted and helpful follower or supporter.” Christ is the best example of a servant. Philippians 2:7-8 best depicts this when it states that Jesus “emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Noland reminds us that still, even after 2000 years, the picture of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet is the best form of humility and servant-hood. Yet, Noland shares, “we still fail to grasp the depth of all that it means” (Noland, 56). Emptiness is where it begins. A person can go through life feeling full, but…

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