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About the Romans 12 artwork


Romans 12
…That is why the real problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it. It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. —C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


Offering up my daily life to God, moment by moment, is by far the most difficult aspect of 
my discipleship to Jesus. (It is somewhat of a relief to me that C.S. Lewis found it hard too!) It is not easy to be in the world but not of it—“holy worldliness,” as one of this year’s Jubilee speakers calls it. The world is terribly beautiful, yet desperately fallen. I find myself in love with it and stained by it. It takes daily, vigilant reading of the Scriptures, prayer and honest discussion with other believers to recognize what is evil in myself and in my culture, while holding fast to what is good. No wonder so many Christians fall into the trap of disparaging the world—and no wonder so many become practically indistinguishable from it! It takes a lot of work to walk the faithful knife-edge between the two. Yet there is ample Scriptural evidence that this is exactly what we are called to do.

The Romans 12 card is probably my best-selling card of all time, yet was never designed to be a card. The artwork for this card was originally made to promote our Jubilee conference in 2000. Our Jubilee conference is held annually in downtown Pittsburgh and attracts several thousand people each year.
This card, more than any other best illustrates the mission of the organization behind these cards, the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach). Our staff people walk alongside college students to show them how to offer everything they have to Jesus Christ. All of the proceeds from the cards and prints go to support this mission. For more about the CCO, click on the home link at the top of this page.