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Giving glory to the Master Artist through our art

Who can compare their work to the glory and majesty of His creation?

Sunset over Lake Huron, Michigan, Photo Credit: Gina McAndrew, 2018

Everywhere we look, there is evidence of our Creator. In every sunset, in every flower, in every creature. His artistry and creativity is unrivaled. Isaiah 64:8 reminds us:

“Yet, O LORD, You are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” (ESV)

As artists in a dark world, we are called to bring glory to Christ in all that we do. Artists are not exempt from being obedient to God’s Word. The Mark Project’s over-arching prayer is that all who serve God through the arts will use their skills to teach others the Gospel.  However, pride is the downfall of many in the art industry, whether their trade is visual art, theater, dance, music, or writing. Likewise, as we create, let us all remember the words of the apostle Paul in Galatians 6:14: “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (ESV)

Have you ever looked out over a sunset and marveled at the beauty? But then you try to photograph or paint what you see to capture the moment? I have. My favorite place to be in the whole world is on a rocky beach on the northeastern coast of Michigan. The fresh air, the rocky sands, and the mysterious sunsets that creep over Lake Huron inspire me to create. But, I can snap one photo after another and still not compare to the beauty before me. I have never seen a painting anywhere that perfectly captures a sunset, yet God can speak its beauty into existence!

In Job 38, God answers Job with questions as to Whose majesty is evident in all the Earth. This passage gives reason to pause at His glory. How much more should we be astounded by His creation than by our trivial pursuits of art?

So What?

Art is a means of expression used from the beginning of time to convey a message. In God’s creation of art, we see His glory and can know of His mighty power. Therefore, it stands to reason, our art should seek to convey a message as well. What we must ask ourselves then, is what message are we sending to those who view our works? Is God glorified or have we stumbled and become “of” the world rather than just being “in” the world with our artistic skills and abilities?

Whether we are creating words, paintings, embroideries, organized closets, or mighty bridges, we are compelled as Believers to do it all to God’s glory, striving to emulate His creation. For God is, indeed, the Master Artist.

 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 ESV)

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