I love this question, mainly because I think a lot of artists who are Christians have struggled with it over the years, I know I did. Now if this is you, the first thing I want you to know is that I think you’re on the right path because God loves the fact that you are even asking these deep questions in the first place! He wants you to get this more than you do.
His word tells us in Proverbs 25:2 that “it’s the glory of God to conceal a matter, it's the glory of kings to search it out”. In other words, as we're on this journey of exploring life with the Lord, as we lean into this adventure with Him, He progressively reveals His plans for our life.
Your Uniqueness as a Christian Artist
First of all, you have to realize that God created you uniquely to release and reveal His light, His glory, and His love through the use and expression of the gifts, talents, and desires He placed within you. God, the Creator of the Universe, put an investment of Himself in you even before you were born. How exciting!
Into your life, God sowed His passions, His love, and His desires in just the right measure to make the best use of the skills, talents, and abilities He blessed you with. Now somewhere along the way, your experimentations and experiences began to trigger a passion and a proclivity for creating.
It was in those early moments of expressing your latent talents that God began to direct the steps of your journey, leaving you clues along the way conveniently disguised as passions, desires, and yearnings to create.
Your Journey of Exploration
Take a look at your journey up to this point especially concerning the exploration and use of your creative talents. Have you had those times where you stood back and looked at a piece you’ve just created and the thought, “Hey, I really love this,” or “Wow, I really made this” went through your mind? Has creating art ever left you feeling really connected, not only just to God, but to something much bigger than yourself? Has the lack of expressing your creativity ever left you feeling empty, like something big was missing from your life? If you can relate to any of this, then that’s a pretty good indicator that God just might want you to be an artist.
You see, God has been giving you the opportunity and the authority to explore and move in a direction over the course of your whole life. And as you’ve been faithful to take those first few steps artistically, He confirmed His direction and plan for your life with favor, with opportunity, with blessing, and with provision.
Look back at your artistic journey and think about those chance encounters, those divine appointments, in your life that opened your eyes to the possibility and viability of being an artist. Again, as you’ve followed God’s “breadcrumbs” - those directional clues along your path - God has been using the “chance encounters”, those encouraging words, bursts of passion and artistic clarity to confirm the plans He has had for you all along.
God is for you as a Christian Artist!
God wants you to step into your design more than even you want to! This is not some kind of struggle where God's trying to hide His plans from you and you're just stuck and alone trying to make something happen. Rather this journey called life is about aligning yourself with who God has made you to be. And as you do that, He opens the doors of His presence and fulfilment in your life so that you can really be the person that God created you to be.
Embrace the adventure of this journey with all the passion you can muster. Start walking down that road, looking for those design clues along the way. Start looking for that feeling of peace and fulfillment that comes as you express your creativity. Listen out for those comments from others that say, "Wow, you are really talented at this," or, "Wow, God's really using that in this area." As you do this, God will begin to bring confirmation and confidence to know for sure that yes, God really does want you to be an artist.
I hope this has been a big encouragement to you. If this article has been a blessing to you, take a moment to share it with a friend.
Thanks for reading!
Matt Tommey is an artist, author and mentor who is passionate about empowering artists to thrive spiritually, artistically and in business.