“Renaissance Man/Woman”

Renaissance comes from the French word renaistre meaning rebirth or revival.  It is the Period between the 14th and 17th centuries which marked a great transition from the medieval age to the modern world.  A man or woman who has skills in several areas is said to be a renaissance person, like the quintessential example Leonardo Da Vinci, who excelled not only in art but in various other fields.  Before that era, the Greek word polymath described such people like Plato, Aristotle and Archimedes who pre-dated Da Vinci and Michelangelo by several centuries.

Some have suggested that it is more likely in today’s technological world for a person to claim this title.  The mother who is a nurse, seamstress and financial planner at home and also teaches computer science would be a real candidate for that honor.  I would also nominate someone who is an engineer skilled in math, physics and design, yet is also artistic and multi-lingual.

Have you ever desired to become such a person?  Well, even if you never reach that level in the secular world, you have a real probability in the spiritual one.  If you have been reborn (Jo 3:3-8) (Acts 2:38) (Rom 6:3-8) by contacting the symbolic blood of Jesus Christ through immersion, (Gal 3:26-27) you are on your way to becoming that renaissance person.  However, there is a big difference between the secular and spiritual.  In the physical arena one strives to use the innate talents one has to slowly develop skills by one’s own efforts.  In the spiritual growth process we are infused with gifts from the Holy Spirit such as: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, which make us very much multi-talented renaissance Christians.  Notice that these were GIVEN to us by Christ (Eph 4:11-13) (Rom 12:5-8) to build up the body of Christ (church) towards unity and maturity.  In the secular world it might be possible to be a renaissance man/woman and still be humble.  In the spiritual walk we must be humble by realizing it is surely a gift of God for His purposes.

—Jim Bailey