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.
Is God an Artist?
The first way God revealed Himself to humanity in the Bible was as an artist, the Creator of the Universe. He's not only an artist, He is the originator of all beauty and creativity. If we consider the universe as God’s canvas, then undoubtedly, God is the greatest artist. The creativity inherent in the world around us is a testament to this. Every sunset painted across the sky, every unique snowflake, every human face – they all reflect God’s artistic nature. As artists, recognizing God as the ultimate artist can be a source of inspiration and a reminder of the limitless creativity that we can tap into.
Your gift of creativity and artistic talent is unique part of God's creativity, manifested through your life. Your art is an echo of His voice resonating in your heart. He not only loves creating, He loves creating with you through the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember, creating is God's idea and when you do, you connect with His heart as an artist. What an opportunity!
Your Uniqueness as a Christian Artist
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.
How to Know What God Wants Me to Do...
Discerning God's will through hearing His voice is central to our faith journey as artists and as believers. This process involves a combination of scriptural grounding, prayerful listening, and openness to the Holy Spirit's guidance.
Hearing God's voice and knowing His will is a multifaceted process that involves scriptural guidance, prayerful listening, reliance on the Holy Spirit, community support, obedience, discernment, and trust in God's timing.
How to Know What Career God Wants for You
For artists seeking to discern whether they are called by God to pursue a career as a vocational artist, several steps and considerations can be helpful:
"I Want to Be an Artist"
If you find yourself saying, “I want to be an artist,” know that this desire is a reflection of the Creator within you. It's a calling to participate in the act of creating beauty and meaning in the world. However, like any calling, it comes with its challenges and learning curves.
This is where the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program comes into play. Imagine a community where your artistic passion is nurtured, where you can grow both in your craft and in your spiritual journey. This program is not just about developing skills; it's about understanding how your art intersects with your faith.
In this mentorship, you'll find guidance, support, and wisdom to navigate the art world while staying true to your spiritual values. You'll learn how to market your art, connect with buyers, and most importantly, how to weave your faith into your artistic narrative.
Join the Journey
I encourage you to explore the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program. Visit http://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor to learn more about how this program can support and elevate your artistic calling. Here, you’re not just learning to become an artist; you’re stepping into a journey of becoming who God created you to be – a creator, a visionary, a reflection of His creative spirit.