One of the Most Important Things for Christian Creatives…

Posted: January 2, 2016 in books, Thoughts on art ministry and life, Training
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Your art technique is stellar.
You are a master story teller.
You’re a poet beyond compare,
a film maker extraordinaire.
You have a creative gift that the whole world flatters,
but you might still be lacking all that matters.
Because while all the above you may have heard,
is your work and life rooted in God’s Word?

Please forgive my little foray into poetry, but I was trying to find a creative way to redirect us back to the main thing. When we are creating, especially when we are really on a roll, it can be really easy to let matters of faith move to the back burner. Please don’t. When Jesus spoke of the vine and the branches, He said (in John 15:5), “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” We remain in Jesus, by staying connected to Him and we do this through His Word and through prayer. Both aspects are extremely important. Prayer and regular Scripture reading help us to stay connected to Him and keep us on track. Without these two things we will start to do what seems right and, as Scripture says in Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Why is that? Because as it says in Isaiah 55:8,9 ““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

To live out God’s purposes for our lives and our creativity, we must be connected to Christ and we stay connected through prayer and the Word. As we start this new year, make Scripture reading a part of your plan. There are a couple ways to go.

Find a devotional and follow it. These devotionals give you a portion of Scripture each day along with some thoughts. Among the most famous of these is Our Daily Bread, which is available at many churches for free. There are also many great devotional books available.
Get a journaling Bible. These Bibles have space in the margins for taking notes or creative expression. There are whole online communities springing up around this topic. It’s a great way to connect your faith and creativity.

Follow a Bible Reading Plan. The One-Year Bible has some excellent plans for reading the Bible in a year, the New Testament in a year, etc. Reading through the Bible is a great way to capture the context of the story. What I like about One Year Bible’s reading plans is the way it gives you portions of the Old and New Testament, as well as Psalms and Proverbs every day. People who start off with the intent of starting at Genesis 1 and plowing through to Revelation will often bog down in Leviticus or Numbers, so having the variety, helps you to keep going.

Plowing through. Last year I did the math. If you read 3 and a half chapters a day, you can read the whole Bible in a year. I did this last year and it was great. As mentioned earlier, there are portions of the Scripture that require some discipline to get through, but as Paul wrote, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

Topical study. Find a topic that interests you and study it. I did a one year study on the Parables and it was amazing. It also spawned a few presentations for me and even a sketch devotional.

There are a multitude of ways to get into God’s Word. Pick the one that will work best for you and dive in.

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Comments
  1. Jody Thomae says:

    This is great, Dave! I also want to recommend this blog by Kathryn W Jackson called Bible 365. She blogged through the Bible using a 365-day Bible reading plan. Her blog posts were very helpful in encouraging me to continue with my reading plan. They way she pulls together the OT and NT readings brought a new depth to the scriptures for me.
    Here’s the link:
    http://bible365blog.com/
    Blessings for 2016!!
    Jody

  2. Yes it is refreshing to read the Bible mixed up so I can keep. I’m doing 5 chapters a day. It’s going to tough to do psalm 119, in a day so I may have to split it in 2-3 days.

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