August 13, 2007 Ration

I Corinthians 8:5-6

“For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth – as indeed there are many ‘gods’ and many ‘lords’ – yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”

Let’s not be fooled! We do not exist for art. We exist for God, the Father of all things, and for whom all things exist! And we surely do not exist through art, but through the one Lord, Jesus Christ! God has created us and what we know as artistic expression through His Son Jesus, to the praise and enjoyment of the glory of the Son who turns and gives all glory to God the Father. It is for God that any artist exists, and it is through Jesus that any artist exists!

So why do we order our artistic lives so contrary to this truth? Why do we live for the “gods” and “lords” of art as if they are our masters who care for us? We do not belong to them, unless we choose to dwell in their tents and put on their fetters and exchange the glory of the Creator for that which He created. We exist for God who is able to supply every measure of grace that these poor artistic bodies need, and that in perfect abundance, all through Jesus. There are truly no other “gods” and “lords!”

The fact that we exist for God and through Christ is outside of ourselves. It is before us. The purpose for our existence precedes our practice of our existence. We are not talking here about how we daily “live for” God, but rather why and how we came to be. Our existence for God is not like how a butler exists for helping the man of the house. God needs no help! Rather, His sufficiency, creativity, love, ability, mercy, holiness is made known in creating and helping us. That is how we exist for God through Jesus. Now, lest the pride in us demands to incorrectly deduce that we are nothing more than a breathing tool, consider how God has also made us capable of taking pleasure in what He enjoys and has made known of His sufficiency, creativity, love, ability, mercy and holiness. Has any one of your artistic creations ever taken pleasure in you?

Since then we exist for God, take confidence, and humbly approach Him through Jesus. Ask God for His provision for the burdens and desires of your soul. By this He is glorified! Your humility demonstrates that you understand that you are not God, and His sufficiency for your burden demonstrates that He is God. Don’t call upon the “gods” and “lords” of art and thereby belittle God while demonstrating your ignorance. Can the so-called “gods” and “lords” of art feed a hungry mass with only a pocket’s worth of food? They are not able, but God is able. Can the so-called “gods” and “lords” of art give you absolute peace when in the den of devouring pressures? They are not able, but God is able. Can the so-called “gods” and “lords” of art send down fire from heaven as they accept your offering? They are not able, but God is able.

Artists, do not bestow upon the “gods” and “lords” of art more power and royalty than God, through Jesus, has endowed them for our enjoyment in Himself. God is God of art and Jesus is Lord of art. So then, where God enjoys them, enjoy artists and their work as creations and subjects of God through Christ.

Jason Harms


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