As Christian artists, we have to learn to love the Creator more than the gifts that He has given.
We have to learn to love God more than the talents that He has given us.
truth is, it can be hard for those of us who are glorified for what He
has given our bodies and minds the ability to do. But God will not share
His glory, so sometimes He asks the singer to be silent. He asks the
dancer to be still. He asks the painter and the photographer to put down
the brushes and cameras in their hands and to use their hands and eyes
to seek His face.
You see, when we create, we are
acting in the image of the One who first created. We are imitating our
Father, who showed us what to do when He first created us. But often, in
our creating, we become fixated on the clay being fashioned into a jar
in our hands, and we say, "What a beautiful jar I am creating! How
amazing that I could make this! How my neighbours will love it!" And
they do love it, and we become known as "the one who makes beautiful
pottery," and we forget that God is the Potter, and we are the clay.
is good to be an artist. It is good to use the gifts that God gave us,
because when we do, He is happy. We are fulfilling one of the parts of
the design that He planned for us.
But when we forget
that we are, in reality, made to be a reflection of God, to reflect
glory back to God, and not to receive glory ourselves, we thwart God's
design and steal His glory. We make ourselves like God and use God's
good gift for the Enemy. Whatever is not used for God is used for the
It is so easy for us, and for me, specifically,
to forget for whom I sing, for whom I photograph, for whom I act, etc. I
don't do it for my own glory. I don't do it to make my name more
famous, or even to please the people around me. Any glory that I receive
for it disappears in an instant. But all of the glory that God receives
for it lasts for eternity, because God's glory goes on forever.
I still don't know how to respond when people tell me they like my
photography. I tend to say, "God gave it to me," and people just smile
and nod and think, "What a cliche Christian answer." But it's the truth.
I recognise that God gave me the gift of photography, and I don't want
to steal that glory from Him. I have no suave way of giving Him glory
and not sounding ultra-holy.
I just wish I had that
problem in other areas of my life, as well, where it is so easy for me
to forget that God receives every ounce of glory.