Art & Ministry: What is Shaping Faith Today?

There are many Christians out there who do not see the value in art. This is alarming to me, considering that when we think about it, the God we serve is truly an artist Himself. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines art as “ the conscious use of skill and creative imagination…” So, that would mean that an artist is someone who uses their skills to create things. Let’s think about who God is. The Bible tells us in 1 John 4:8, that “God is love.”  The Bible says in 1 John 4:19 that “We love because He first loved us.” So, not only is He love, but He is the first being to have ever loved; He is the creator of love. But not only is He that, God is also the creator of the universe, which holds the Earth (which He created), that holds the people who create art (whom He created). He is the creator of everything (refer to Genesis 1).

I think that we forget just how much of a role art plays in our life and faith. When we worship God, we are literally worshipping an artist, the greatest one of all time. In fact, God reveals Himself to us through His art.  The Bible says in Romans 1:20, “... Through everything God made, they (people) can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”  God reveals himself to us through His creation. It is through the creation of His art that God speaks to us and shows us that He is here, that He is present, and that He is real.

What makes God such a unique artist, is that He has mastered every art form, so through His various forms of art, He can speak to any and every person on this planet, in the way that best works for each one of us. Genesis 1:27 reads “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Here we can see that God created us, based off of who He is. He created musicians, and singers, and dancers, and sculptors, and photographers, and writers, and cooks, and bakers and painters (and the list of artists goes on); all in His own image. What I mean by this is that God gave us all different skills and giftings, based off of who He is and the knowledge and skills that He has Himself. We get to choose our form of expression, but the skills that we have come from Him. He gives us these skills to help us help others; to help us express ourselves, and also to express who He is to us.

We have the ability to use art to impact someone else’s faith journey. But we only have this opportunity because God created others with special skills and talents, to impact our stories first. When asked if art has impacted your faith, I think that if we cannot instantly think of a song, book or image that spoke to us, our immediate answer can easily be “no.” But I want to encourage us all to dig a little deeper than that. What has God created that has shaped your faith and life? Feel free to share in the comments below. I am sure we can all think of something!

But also remember that you have the ability to use the gifts and talents that God created within you, to help others as well. What a privilege to be a part of something so much greater than ourselves, all because the greatest artist of all time, took the time to create us.

By Macy Waddingham