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Art of the Christ Follower

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Art of the Christ Follower

This is a guest post by Sarah Gheorghies. Scroll to the end of the post to meet Sarah & learn more about her blog "Simply Her Heart."

In the mundane moments of perfecting the performance of Beethoven and Chopin’s lyrical compositions, art is happening.

In the pouring out of my heart’s convictions and thoughts into the wee hours of the night mingled with tears and peaceful rejoicings of God’s goodness, art is taking place.

In the conversations with other hurting souls and tight hugs creating a bond of Christ’s unity, art is impacting.

{in all the little moments of every big day, art is whispering the glory of our Master Creator}

What’s the reason for creating art? What’s the purpose for music, words, eyes that dance and laughter that echoes the very depths of Heaven’s glory? How can I create art without a pen or paintbrush?

Schaffer’s little book: “Art and the Bible,” impacted me as an artist. God is not opposed to beauty or artistic flare, flowing from my imagination. The gift - imagination - that has been bestowed on humanity by the One who created the brilliant galaxies above and dark depths of oceans below, is to be embraced and developed.

In Scripture we see evidences of God’s creation and art. But also, in Exodus 25:31-33 we find the command and detailed instruction to His people to create an exquisite lampstand. And why? for Him. It honors and glorifies the ultimate Creator. It opens our eyes to who He is and fills our limited minds with wonder and our hearts with great aspirations to imitate our Artist.

There are ten verses simply describing the exact description of this lampstand. God is interested in detail and beauty. I should be too.

I think there is always a little fear in my heart when I set out to make art. What if I suddenly find myself worshiping the art that I create - valuing it and putting my identity in the creation instead of the Creator. So this stops me short.

Friend, that’s exactly what our Enemy desires - that we stop short of proclaiming art and beauty in the name of fear.

Yes, it is a sin to worship anything but the Creator. So what’s the answer? How did those commissioned to create and craft the Temple with all its detailed accents manage to do it without being sucked into the lie that they could live for the art instead of the Artist?

Art of the Christ Follower

Live for the purpose of magnifying God through your art.

Just as a novel has some purpose and message weaved into the lines typed upon the white pages, so must our art carry the message of our Lord.

A poem about a flower or innocent love does not have to be over-spiritualized. It can point to God because He is the one who breathed life into the very things that we are describing and creating. We create out of what already exists but God created out of nothing. How much more can He do in our lives.

So in my moments of creating and molding a personalized stamp of my heart, the heart that is constantly being refined by my Lord, I can imagine and create beauty and cast fear aside. My purpose is to show to those around me the God whom I serve unreservedly.

Create art that has the origin of truth.

I think the biggest pitfall that I am constantly avoiding is creating art just for the sake of art. What may be worse is my tendency to deviate from truth. Pretty things are nice and dandy but, when they are empty of the truth which I claim to own, it becomes wrong. My writing, my music and life must be bathed in the Truth of His Word. As a believer, I have the responsibility and will be kept accountable for the art that I invent here on earth. If it is not reflecting the truth of God then it is no longer holy. Yes, this makes my job a lot harder but I know the Holy Spirit is alive within me. I have been empowered to live out this lifestyle.

You are creating art.

You may not be a poet, painter, dancer or musician but you are still creating and contributing art every day. Schaeffer states in the concluding lines of his book:

"No work of art is more important than the Christian’s own life, and every Christian is cared upon to be an artist in this sense.... each man has the gift of creativity in terms of the way he lives his life. In this sense, the Christian’s life is to be an art work. The Christian’s life is to be a thing of truth and also a thing of beauty in the midst of a lost and despairing world."

The words you speak, the gestures of your hands and light of Christ in your eyes are things of beauty. What better person to imitate in this way of art than Jesus. As we read of His life here on earth, we can see the beauty in his words and actions. That is what I want for us as Christians. Let’s proclaim to this depraved world the beauty of our Lord. Let’s give them a reason to come and ask why? Why are we doing what we do and Who’s behind it all?

Pray for inspiration. Dream of ways to proclaim Jesus through your art. Then do it. Go out there and paint the blank canvases of opportunity and be ready to be used by Him - the ultimate Artist.


Guest contributor, Sarah Gheorghies is a twenty year-old junior music major at Truett McConnell University who is passionate about ministry, writing and music. She loves coffee, dark chocolate and has recently been introduced to the “best cup of tea” - chai tea - by a good friend. Sarah has a desire to minister and disciple young women to follow Christ and live by His heart-changing Word. She prays that her abilities will be used to glorify her heavenly Father and inspire others to do the same - simply make art for Jesus. Sarah blogs at www.simplyherheart.com

Guest contributor, Sarah Gheorghies is a twenty year-old junior music major at Truett McConnell University who is passionate about ministry, writing and music. She loves coffee, dark chocolate and has recently been introduced to the “best cup of tea” - chai tea - by a good friend. Sarah has a desire to minister and disciple young women to follow Christ and live by His heart-changing Word. She prays that her abilities will be used to glorify her heavenly Father and inspire others to do the same - simply make art for Jesus. Sarah blogs at www.simplyherheart.com