Luke 12 was an absolute joy to read! I ran out of room taking notes (typical).
So before I introduce you to The heART Series, let me highlight some of my favorite parts of chapter 12:
- Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7
- You never have to worry that He has forgotten you. CFSLPB
- The Holy Spirit will teach you in that hour what to say. Luke 12:11-12
- Not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions. Luke 12:15
- True satisfaction in life flows out of fulfilling the purpose for which we were created -- to enjoy an intimate relationship with God. CFSLPB
- And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life's span? Luke 12:22-25
- Consider the lilies. Luke 12:27
- Seek His Kingdom. Luke 12:30-34
The scriptures and quotes I highlighted above are great, aren't they? But I left out my most favorite part:
How perfect, true, and beautiful is that statement? Does it convict you like it does me? It's something that I've known in my heart, and I suppose it seems like common sense to a believer, but if you really think about it, how often do we keep our gifts to ourselves? Or how often are our gifts used to benefit ourselves?
I think it's awesome when gifted Christians are paid for their gifts, obviously. I'm not saying that we should all be going around saying YES to everything and saying NO to getting paid for it. That would be outrageous, and I've already written about gratefully accepting blessings or wages that God offers.
What I'm getting at here is more about the gifts themselves, and how God is glorified through them.
About a month ago, God put it on my heart to start a series of interviews with Christian artists. That is, artists who also happen to be Christians. Dancers, poets, painters, photographers, etc. In fact, the only artist it was clear I should leave out, at least for now, was the musician. I am a worship leader, so for me to leave music ministry out of this series felt odd, but it was clear why I needed to: music is probably the most well-known, most appreciated, and most relatable art form in secular and non-secular groups, and I want to reach further than what seems to be the obvious.
My belief is that through the arts, souls can be awakened to the presence of God. The Holy Spirit is all around us, all of the time, but sometimes we have our blinders on, and although the arts themselves aren't responsible for bringing revival, I believe that when we allow art to speak into our souls, our souls can be awakened to His presence -- His presence which was there all along.
So in this, The heART Series, I'll be taking you through an exploration of how creative artwork and faith go hand-in-hand, even if the artwork isn't necessarily Christian. How can God be glorified through choreography, for example? How about someone's landscape or still-life painting? A t-shirt design? Photography? Graphic design? Where is God in these arts?
He's there; God's hand is in every gift that He gives to every person -- it's just a matter of how the gift is manifested and used for His glory.
I invite you to explore this with me, beginning next week on Monday, October 5th. The heART Series will run monthly -- I wanted to take it slow so as not to put any pressure on the artists involved. (And to take some pressure off of myself! Let's be honest!) So far we have 10 months worth of interviews waiting for me to schedule, and 25 more artists that have shown interest in participating.
ARE YOU EXCITED?
God's hand is in every gift - it's just a matter of how the gift is manifested and used for His glory.
TELL ME: What is your favorite form of art, and how do you think God is glorified through it? And do you believe, as I do, that God can be glorified through secular art? Comment below! ⤵︎