January 21, 2008 Ration

Philippians 2:5

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…”

Who is Christ Jesus, artist? John says that Christ Jesus was in the beginning with God, and was God. And that “all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.” And that He “became flesh and dwelt among [them],” and so they beheld the glory of the only begotten Son of the Father, a glory that was full of grace and truth (John 1). Christ Jesus himself says, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Christ Jesus is God the Son, in the flesh.

Now Paul says here that Jesus, being God, had an attitude. But what attitude did Christ Jesus have? Paul tells the Philippians that Jesus “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (2:6). If putting on flesh was not humbling enough, He humbled himself further by becoming a servant who was obedient to God to the point of death. Christ had a serious attitude of humility. Now is humility a common attitude of artists?

Christ had the attitude of servanthood. Jesus, knowing that He was fully God, knowing that He created all men, knowing that He was soon to be deserted and denied and betrayed by His closest friends, rose from supper, laid aside His garments, tied a towel around His waist and began to wash His disciples feet (John 13). Christ was God Almighty! He was the Master of these men. He was their Creator and yet He took pleasure in serving them. He said to them, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought also to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14). Is servanthood a common attitude of artists?

Christ’s attitude was one that loved the will of His Father above His own will. “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done" (Luke 22:42), He prays to the Father as He awaits His betrayal and crucifixion. Is a deference to the will of God a common attitude of artists?

Artist, your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus! Jesus was incredibly humble, you should be as humble as He, indeed, humbler, if that is even possible, as you are much lesser than your Creator. Jesus was a servant, and He commands you to serve one another, following His lead. Jesus loved the Father’s will above relieving the pressures against His flesh. You should love your Father’s will above your own desires. God will give you the faith to see the joy that is to be enjoyed by all those whose hearts are completely resolved that His will be done!

Learn and put on these attitudes of Christ, artist, and you will be awakened to capacities for joy in your artistry that you have yet to know or enjoy. The arrogant, self-serving, renegade heart is not capable of beholding and enjoying the fullness of the pleasures that God has designed to be enjoyed through artistic expression. Have the attitude of Christ Jesus in your artistic endeavors, and entrust God with the exalting. You don't do it very well. God can set you atop peaks you cannot climb, to behold effulgence you would otherwise never see.

Jason Harms

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