As a Christian artist or creative, it is important to consider the redemptive value of your work. When viewed from a worldly perspective, we think of art in terms of monetary value—have we sold original pieces, prints, copies, songs, albums, scripts, . . . ? And we limit the value of our work to units sold. However, when we open ourselves as creatives to a heavenly view of value, we come to realize a whole new commodity. Are we changing lives, healing hearts, revealing beauty, seeking justice, claiming hearts for Our Creator? We begin to realize that there is a greater redemptive value to our work.
Last year I wrote a guest post for Nichole Howson of Defying Shadows, a blog that deals with depression, suicide, self-harm, and mental disorders. Now many of you know I love to write Bible studies (You can find a sampling of them here on my blog and many more geared towards creatives in my book). When I spoke with Nichole, I explained that I wanted to write a Bible study on Tamar, the desolate woman found in 2nd Samuel. But this would be a heavy post that dove way below the surface. A difficult post indeed, as I wrote about a woman in the Bible who did not see redemption in her lifetime. A woman violated in the worst possible way and then betrayed by the very people who should have protected her. A woman whose voice was never heard.
Yet, my purpose wasn’t only about diving deep: it was about diving deep so that resurrection could happen on the other side. I wanted my work to have a redemptive quality. It was about redeeming and finding that which was lost. You can read my post below:
And She Lived Her Life a Desolate Woman: a Meditation of 2 Samuel 13
When you work this week, won’t you consider the redemptive value your work might have on the world around you? May you see the heavenly value in all you do!
We’ll be exploring the value and worth of art and creativity this week, judging it by a HEAVENLY standard, instead of by a worldly standard. Check out the other posts by clicking on these links:
Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody
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What is Create-A-Day? Just as One-A-Day® Vitamins help restore the nutrients we deplete in our bodies, so too do we need to refill, replenish and renew our creative souls. In 2015, watch for daily* posts to undergird your ministry; lead you to resources to nurture the creative spirit within; and draw you more deeply in worship of Jesus Christ. My goal is to provide you, the creative Christian, with over 250* resources to help you develop your ARTistry, CREATivity & capacity for BEaUty. Books, worship arts ministries, video series, websites, conferences—all geared towards artists, creatives, worshipers and people serving in worship and creative arts ministries. So, visit my blog every day* to see what creative resource I’ve hunted down for you. You can stay connected by following me on Twitter or Facebook. Or better yet, sign up to receive email updates by clicking the button to the left. We’ll watch the resources pile up as the year unfolds!
* I am a proponent of family time and Sabbath rest so don’t look for posts on weekends or Holidays.
Jody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, a devotional book with Bible studies to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians, artists, musicians and worshippers. She has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, coordinating artistic involvement in church services and regional worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts and has had the opportunity toperform, teach, choreograph, preach, coordinate and leadworkshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. She has also recently released a devotional CD, Song of the Beloved. Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. Life scriptures include Psalm 27; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Zephaniah 3:14-17.