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?