The term “Renaissance” is French for rebirth. In history, this period followed the Middle Ages and spurred a great revival in many ways. This historical time is known for it’s great creative achievements as well. Creatives such as Michaelangelo, da Vinci, Raphael, Byrd and Montiverdi did their finest work in this era. For many of them, spirituality/religion was a popular subject at the center of their creations. I have to believe that this is a big reason why revival occurred then.
SO WHAT ABOUT TODAY?
In contrast, today creativity is used to produce many many things contrary to God’s glory. The world grows dark and so it’s time for another rebirth of creativity. The Church should be the source of the brightest and most creative expressions in the world today. We have access to something greater than this world has…the Spirit of the Living God! It’s time for sons and daughters to be full of God’s Spirit and to create from that place. In the Old Testament, the first place that we see God’s Spirit filling any person is in Exodus 31. His Spirit filled the creative artisans of the day so that they could create something tangible that provided a meeting place between God and man. I believe that creativity is the door for many to encounter the Creator now.
It’s time for many to pursue dreams and ideas, not letting fear imprison you any longer. It’s time to see just how far you can stretch your talent and creativity. There really are no limits when God is in the mix! It’s time to get outward-focused and dare to see what doors God might want to open for your creative gift. I believe that this world desperately needs to see, touch, hear, taste, and smell what your creativity can create. Write the book, bake that dessert, record your song, book that venue for your art-show, design and sell your clothes, and rehearse your play. You have no idea the impact it will have on a heart…don’t wait, go for it.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
“He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation.” Colossians 1:15 (AMP)
Jesus’ first coming was so dynamic because finally, we have a tangible picture of God. Before Jesus, everything about God was revealed through the prophets and the Word. Faith does require believing even without seeing, but let’s be honest…we live in a generation that demands an experience. Jesus displays what once was invisible and unknown. Now God can be heard and touched. When we see how He interacted with people, we are assured of what God is like. No longer do our own assumptions and wrong mindsets hold up to this reality. We clearly then can see God with unveiled faces. Things like mercy and love are no longer just a concept. They become alive, full of power, and transform real hearts and lives. No wonder those that encounter God through Jesus are changed forever! Because when we’ve seen Jesus, we’ve seen God. When we see God more and more, we become more like Him as He is.
In this same way, the Arts and creativity can bring people into a real encounter with the Living God. There’s so much power to apprehend for God’s glory in the realm of the Arts. This is why we need another creative renaissance. Without this, we forfeit many souls who are being influenced by the adversary. He understands this and exploits media and the Arts for his evil purposes. Do you believe that this generation is worth it? Do you believe in revival? If you do…
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