Christian creatives often possess an inner desire to be revered as trend setters. In much the same way as non-believing creatives, some Christian creatives want their art to push boundaries while blazing a trail for others to follow. A stirring deep inside their soul begs to become a creative leader. Ironically, many of those same Christian creatives actually become followers of the wrong source in their pursuit to lead with their art. Chasing relevance and acceptance from the world becomes a bigger priority than leading the world to the one true source of creativity.
Let’s take a quick look at what Jesus calls us to be. Believers are called to make our primary action and goal in life to love God with all our heart. We are also called to follow and emulate Jesus so that others will see Jesus through us while sharing the gospel and making disciples of all nations. I have yet to find any scripture that carves out an exception for creatives.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”
Matthew 22:37-38 ESV
“If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”
John 12:26 ESV
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.””
Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
Are you leading the world to Jesus with your art or is the world leading your art on your quest for relevance?
Do you ever find yourself pumped up with pride when sharing your art with the world? Maybe you feel like your art is better than the art of your colleagues and certainly deserving of recognition and awards for its incredibleness? You aren’t alone as many creatives feel this way about their art. We want recognition for the art we create. Radio chart position, monthly streaming listeners, ticket sales and awards are some of the barometers we use to measure our artistic merit. While we may recognize our ego, we find it easy to justify because our art is special and deserving of recognition. I’ve heard some say artists are unique and and should be given extra grace for their ego. Interestingly, I have yet to find that anywhere in God’s word.
My wife has an acronym for the word ego, Easing God Out, which is exactly what happens when we begin feeling like the art we create is superior and deserving of recognition. Anyone ready to Ease God Out?
I’m excited to announce that I will be hosting a couple of workshops at the National Worship Leader Conference May 20-21 at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN. Should be a great conference including performances by The Belonging Co., The Gray Havens, Meredith Andrews, Audrey Assad, Sara Kroger and David Gungor. Speakers and panelists include Matt Maher, For King & Country and others. Use the code MUSICCITY when registering for a 30% discount. Hope to see you there!
Do you have someone in your life who you would consider an accountability partner? Someone who makes you aware of actions in your life that fall outside of the values and belief you profess to live. While God should be our primary accountability partner, it helps to have someone remind us of that fact when the voice of the world attempts to lead us astray.
Many think accountability is reserved for those with addictions or other life issues. That thought holds truth because we all have life issues whether we choose to admit it or not. Due to the fall of Adam & Eve, every single one of us battle with the flesh daily. Thankfully, God gives us the strength and wisdom to overcome the flesh.