I am a Christian creative.
I believe that the two go hand in hand. Creativity flows from the indwelling presence of the Creator. Christ in us, the hope of glory!
Does that mean that non-Christians are excluded? In no way. We are all made in His image. But it is my utmost conviction that to tap the deepest resources of our Father’s limitless heart takes more than mere acquaintance. We want to plumb the depths of what’s possible and allow His creative unction to flow full force through our being.
The church, and by that I mean the living, breathing church made up of believers across the planet, not some staid spired building on a street corner somewhere, should be the creative hub of every community.
It is time for a creative revolution. A bold and unashamed reclamation of the arts, and a celebration of the One who is the Source of all creativity.
I want to really kind of just to open up my heart and talk to you about. Really, the need for Christian, the church really, and by that I don’t mean a specific church, I certainly don’t mean just a building on a corner with a spire somewhere. But the church as a whole, the church, the people of God on this planet, the people who have been filled and who are following Jesus, who are filled with the Holy Ghost and following the Holy Ghost.
And just really my belief that God is really calling for a revolution for like a new renaissance of Christian arts and Christian artists to really come out of the woodwork and buy woodwork. I guess I probably mean out of the out of the pews, you know, just to really step up and step out and begin to share their worth with the world. I, I know that there are books to be written, songs to be sung, pictures to be painted, invention’s to be made, recipe’s to be cooked, whatever else it may be.
There are so many different ways in which our creativity can be expressed. And whereas so often, unfortunately, the world has had kind of the that they’ve taken the corner, they’ve taken their place in these different arenas, I believe it’s really time for the church to rise up and take its place at the forefront of creativity, the forefront of ingenuity, the forefront of really bringing new ideas to the table and also re-experiencing and communicating with greater clarity, you know, old ideas that are enduring, you know, really to kind of sweep away some of the the dust that is settled in people’s thinking, some of the familiarity that is kind of infused our culture, some of that negativity that’s infused our culture.
And to be a voice in our generation, I believe the arts have got the the power to do that. I believe the arts have got a power to bypass all of the kind of gatekeepers that that people have in their thinking and really strike to the heart of something really go kind of go behind the lines and speak deeply to the heart. I believe that that’s one of the reasons why Jesus spoke so much in parables. He chose to be a storyteller.
He chose to be someone. He painted pictures. He allowed people to understand truth in a creative way. He didn’t just kind of pull out his manual from heaven and say, OK, this is what the law says. But he actually began to speak in a very resonant way with his audience. He spoke about men and women who were like farmers. He spoke of fishermen he spoke of to the people and to the environment that that people were familiar with.
And I think today, you know, the church is being shaped for a great move of the Holy Spirit. And I think in every area, all of the different mountains of influence, all of the different arenas of impact and influence in society. And certainly one of those areas and one of the most significant one of the most influential one that literally shapes how people think literally shapes how the culture that we live in is the realm of arts and entertainment.
And by that, I don’t just mean kind of frivolous entertainment, although I don’t necessarily mean this. I think there’s anything wrong with that. But really that just books will be written that will so deeply impact and penetrate society that films will be made that carry the anointing and the message of heaven that will so powerfully speak into the very heart of the culture that we live in. And I just believe, like if we as Christians says, if we as Christian creatives, artists, authors, entrepreneurs, if we have the creator living in us, this is the this is the one who flung the stars into and filled the heavens with so much splendour.
He’s the one who spoke and the seas teamed with Fish and Creatures, he’s the one who brought forth the hills and the rains and the snows and the sun and the moon. And he’s the one who propagated all of the diverse life that we see on the planet. He spoke all of that flowed from our fathers hard. I’m a passionate believer in the creation. I’m a passionate believer in a literal genesis, you know. And, you know, if that same being if that same power, if that same life, if that DNA dwells in us being made in his image, how much more like the surprise shouldn’t be that the church is incredibly creative and innovative?
It should the surprise should be if we’re not, you know, and and I just call with all my heart and passion for that innovation, for that creativity, for that prosperity, for that breakthrough type anointing to really come afresh on the church body and on God’s people. And I encourage you today, if you’re watching this and you you know, you’re a follower of Jesus, you have a desire in your heart to serve his kingdom. There are a multitude of ways in which we can begin to affect that.
Now, there are multitudes of ways in which we can express ourselves and share our worth with the world and just really begin to bring this message to the table. And it doesn’t mean that we have to I mean, like, for example. What I’m doing right now, one time would have been like literally impossible for just a regular guy stood in his office at home, but now we can live stream. Now we can create and upload videos. Now we can edit video.
Now we can create courses that people can consume anywhere on the planet. Now we can write and publish books without gatekeepers standing between us and the bookshelves and the readers and the buyers. There are so many opportunities that are present, so many opportunities that have been given to this generation that were never that literally were not an option for people before this. I believe that this quickening, I believe that the time and the day that we live in is for a reason.
I believe that these technologies have been brought forth. These technologies have been made available to us for a reason. It’s no it’s no accident that the avenues and the vehicles for our value have been made available and made available so freely and so kind of ease and we can so easily access them. And so I just encourage you to kind of go away and just give some consideration to the different ways in which you might be able to really crystallise your value, crystallise your ideas, your thoughts into something that would bless and build other people.
Now, that might be in a blog post. It might be in a video. It might be in just a posts on social media. It might be in a book. It may be that you want to write a book and put a book out where people can actually kind of consume the information and your worth in that way. But whatever it may be, you know, there is going to be that you’re going to be able to find something that really kind of sits well with your personality.
For me, I love to write. I’m learning to get a bit more comfortable doing this. I, I do do quite a lot of kind of video work where I’m training people and and coaching people. But this whole new life thing is quite new to me. And despite despite certainly when I first started a number of weeks ago, it being tremendously uncomfortable, you know, as you do things, as you step out and begin to explore new avenues of expression, it does get easier.
It does become certainly less less intimidating. And so I just encourage you either make that step and step out or keep stepping out, keep stepping forward, keep exploring the different ways in which you can just add value to other people. You know, as Christians, we are givers. As Christians, we are people who like have an abundance and overflow that needs to spill out to others. That is the nature of our father. Our father never really did things by half measures.
When he fed the 5000, he left like a heap of baskets full over when when he said, put your net on the other side, he just about sunk the boats. It has sunk. So our God is not someone he kind of half measures. He is someone who abundantly supplies. And I believe that there’s an abundant supply that he has placed within your heart, that within you there are many rivers that can be opened up and flow out to the world.
Within you. There is a spring of life, a spring of creativity, a spring of joy and peace and grace and power that is springing up within you, designed to flow out and bring life to other people. So God bless you today. Let’s believe, for such a tremendous move of God amongst his people in every arena. And let’s believe, too, that each one of us will find our place, our kingdom role within that that that great move.
I believe that we’re seeing that the signs of it now. I believe that we are in the midst of a huge shift and a huge change in just the way people operate and the way people think. Can the way people are having to engage with the world and, you know, in the midst of this adversity, in the midst of this confusion, the church can bring peace, the church can bring clarity, God’s people can bring something to the table that no one and nothing else can because we have like like whereas so much else is shaking, we have an unshakeable trust and an unshakeable faith that stands in like that stands outside of time, that stands outside of that kind of the shifts and the changes that is so often taken place around us right now.
So far. Father, I just thank you today for my brothers and sisters. I thank you for your grace on them. I thank you for your anointing that rests upon them. I pray God for a release of your creativity today, a release of your faith. That gift of faith that rises up within us helps us step out with a fresh, supernatural courage to share our world and our worth with others in Jesus name. Well, thanks for listening.
Hopefully it’s been an encouragement to you today, if you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website at Davidleemartin.com. Have a great day.