Monday, April 1, 2013

Are You A Creative Christian?

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
Genesis 1:1-3

Since I was a little girl I was fascinated by the creative world. To be able to make something out of nothing was an amazing thought. Today, I am still in awe at the power behind that concept. 18 years after realizing my true passion for the arts, I have found a closer and in depth walk with God that has allowed me to view things in a much different perspective.
What does it mean to be a Christian artist or crafter? I personally feel that the Lord looks much deeper into the heart of who is creating than what they are creating. Of course, what we make is a reflection of whom we serve. We cannot possibly contradict His Word with our works and still feel confident that we are representing Christ to the fullest. It is this challenge of making sure we always give God glory & praise in all we create that I have created this post.

 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
James 1:17

We don’t need symbolic imagery or religious statements to glorify Him through our arts & crafts. If we allow God to ordain our work and anoint us, it is through our willing hearts to please Him that His name will be glorified in what we do. Much like our everyday Christian lives, we are always careful about where we go and what we say. We must also remember that when we venture into this handmade movement that has taken the world by storm. I personally feel privileged that God, who was a Creator first before He was our Father, would hand down the “family business” to me of creating with my hands. Just as He created the heavens and earth, God also created mankind! I don’t know about you, but that gets me excited! Praise the Lord! To be the salt and light of this handmade movement may seem difficult. But it really isn’t! Our lives are a testimony of God’s goodness and our talents & skills speak about a God who is great.

{The Pulfords, Easter 2013}

Let us come together in Christ and fellowship together in love, whether it be at a craft show or through our blogs. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter where we are, that shouldn’t change who we are and who we serve.

I want to know how you glorify God through your art or craft and how you feel being a “Creative Christian”.
What sort of trials do you face being a Christian in the handmade community today?
What do you feel are the benefits?
Do you ever feel pulled into a direction away from your faith?
Share with me in the comments!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jacy! I just stumbled onto your blog by literally googling '"being a creative Christian". Funny huh? Anyway, I'm so encouraged by your words here. I've been feeling more and more drawn to art & creativity, but I've been struggling with what do to with it. I really feel this may be a calling from God, but I'm sorta lost on how I can use it to serve the Kingdom. I know God is a creative God, but I don't see much art in the church. (Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong places.) The other thing I've been feeling is that art /creativity is kind of pushed to the side. The world has so many bigger problems that it makes art seem a bit frivolous. It's something I'm still figuring out though because I definitely feel drawn to create, but I'm not sure how the Lord wants to use it yet.

    PS -you've got a beautiful space here!


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