Earlier today I was listening to a podcast from The Grove. It was basically addressing what Jesus has to say to artists. This hit home with me, as something I've been struggling with, in my evolving, becoming, and transitioning almost empty nest stage of my life. Part of my brain is echoing the world- that I have to work the business end of my art to be legitimate, otherwise it's just an expensive hobby. I am tempted away from my focus, from trusting my God with His provision, His plan.
I doubt. Did You call me Lord? Was that You who called?
I truly believe God gifts people with certain bents and passions. What we do with this gift is another story. He tells us in Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." People talk about the mediocrity in "Christian" art, be it visual, writing or music; and I really think that mediocrity is equally represented in the secular world. But somehow, when a Christian is producing art for God's glory, we expect so much. Artists often either give up if it doesn't come easy- well then it must not be His will for me, or they settle for mediocrity. In a smaller market, one doesn't have to be great to be noticed. But then, do we really want to glorify God... or glorify ourselves? We must strive to work diligently at our craft, without losing our focus
Part of the podcast that resonated with me was a quotation from Chris Falson, that said something like, (Jesus speaking) "I need artists who will explore with me the depths of pain, love rejection, joy, heartbreak, hillarity, despair.... If you chase after me, I will lead you and you will eventually know me so well that your art will reflect our relationship and you will no longer care what anyone thinks of your art apart from My Dad, The Holy Spirit and Me." Wow. All I have to say to that is Facebook likes and Instagram followers. Should I care?
God called me. He is calling me into an intimate relationship with Himself; and He is calling me to love the people He puts in my path. If I can do these two things with a paint brush in hand- how blessed am I?! God calls us all. Did you hear Him?