We are spirit. I think we’ve covered that already but it cannot be stated enough. Because of this truth we live on two planes at the same time, two dimensions if you will. We are spirit living in a natural world. Everything we do has a spiritual genesis with a natural consequence; for better or for worse. The same is true when it comes to our art. There is never a neutral position. You are always going to express something; you can’t help it. It is who you are. Many artists are in the search for that one thing. That muse that will give the inspiration to create greatness. To be immortalized in their art, in that long after they are gone their creation still speaks. That is not an evil desire. We are made in the image of the ultimate creator and we should desire to create something of substance and value that will endure the test of time. In this case the problem lies not within the motive but within our attempt to fulfill it. The apostle Paul asked the people of Galatia a question, he asked;
“Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Galatians 3:3
The people of Galatia had forgotten the most crucial element to their continued life in Christ; the Holy Spirit. In much of a similar way many Christian artists are trying to finish in the flesh what was begun in the spirit. It cannot be done! Remember, we cannot be neutral. We are either reforming the art culture of our day for the glory of Christ or we are being subject to it. There is no middle ground.
Now here’s the good part. We can choose to partner with the Holy Spirit and continue what He started in us from the beginning. We can stop trying to affect our spiritual gifts by natural means and allow the gifts of the spirit to affect and change our natural world in ways we could have never believed. This is the only way to find true contentment, an integrity of expression and a purity of creativity that will transform our communities. And it all starts from within.
Written by Kevin Kiehn