July 12, 2017
I feel like the church has lost a sense of beauty as a way of worshipping God. Some people think that beauty and art are not spiritual. But the truth is that art, creativity, and expressions of beauty are spiritual and purposed for worship! To all of you creatives out there, I want to encourage you today and tell you that if anybody told you your craft was not spiritual, or that it was a second-class act of worship, that, my friends is a lie! Your gift is just that—a gift. And if you don’t consider yourself creative, I have news for you today. You are made in the image God, a creator. So you are, in your own way, innately creative. It’s time we all start to own our creativity and the spirituality that comes with it.
ARTISTRY IS SPIRITUAL
Let’s go all the way back to the days of Moses. Moses was instructed by God to build a tabernacle for Him. God gave Moses comprehensive instructions for the tabernacle, right down to the smallest detail. It was to be incredibly beautiful with hand carved statues and pillars, lots of bright colored materials, and loads of gold, silver and bronze. In fact Moses’s Tabernacle was so complex and so ornate that one of his greatest challenges was finding skilled people who could actually build it. After all, the entire Israelite population were former slaves. Yet true to His nature, God had an answer. Check out the exchange God had with Moses from the book of Exodus:
Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.“I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship. (Exodus 31:1-5)
Bezalel was the very first person in the entire Bible to ever be filled with the Holy Spirit! Like Jesus, Bezalel was filled with the Spirit for a distinct, yet different purpose then our Lord. Remember, Isaiah tells us that Jesus was filled with the Spirit specifically, “To preach the good news, bind up the broken hearted, release captives and free prisoners etc.” (See Isaiah 61:1-4) But Bezalel was filled with the Spirit for a completely different reason; he wasn’t releasing captives or freeing prisoners; instead the Spirit of God in Bezalel gave him the supernatural ability for creativity. He was anointed by God to cut stones, carve wood, and create beautiful things with gold, silver and bronze! To Bezalel, artistry was spiritual!
Today I release you to be completely free and alive in your creativity, not withholding any part of it. I release you from any box that society has tried to put the idea of what true creativity and art is! God loves art, and so do I! If you don’t consider yourself creative, then take some time today to turn away from that thinking and start to discover the innate creativity in you. Have you ever experienced God in your art? I’d love to hear your stories and testimonies in the comments!
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