Does God Care about Your Artwork?

Does God care about your artwork?

He does.

Everyone expresses themselves creatively. It can’t be helped. It’s one of the things we’re born to do. It’s part of what the Bible refers to when it says we’re made in God’s image. (Genesis 1:26.)

An essential part of God’s nature is that, beyond all possible imagination of abundance and diversity, he’s creative (Genesis 1:1). We reflect that part of his nature in the abundance and diversity of our art, music, movies, etc. The difference is, God creates out of nothing. We, at best, “borrow” any material we can find and repurpose it. As Picasso said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

Our creativity is an outpouring of our world-view, emotions, past experiences, hopes, dreams and disappointments. This means some creativity goes down like a Jagged Little Pill, while other art or music is like Walking on Sunshine under Blue Skies.

Does God care about all that?

Yes, he does. God became man. Jesus breathed, ate, laughed, cried, slept. Ran his fingers along pieces of wood as a carpenter. Saw the sun set, felt the rain. God knows what it’s like to be human, to create.

And what about the art that reflects struggle, challenge, pain, disappointment? If you’re honest in your art and your art reflects your struggles, Jesus completely understands. The carpenter was nailed to a tree.

There is pain and suffering, but there’s also hope. Because of the resurrection, our art will sometimes reflect that bitter becomes sweet, pessimism becomes optimism, cynicism gives way to seeing things more clearly, darkness becomes light, death bows to life.

And, against all odds, there is joy.

Hebrews 12 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Who you are is important to God. What you express in your art is meaningful. You are his creation, and he has crafted you for great things (Ephesians 2:10).


Here’s a question you can use for self-coaching. Share your thoughts in the comments section or contact me directly.

  • What has God crafted you to do?

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16 Responses

  1. Albert R Upson says:

    My Father God has crafted me to be a artist pop art cartoonist he has given me this Gift to serve to the world and to glorify him in teaching and motivating people. its all about his Kingdom!!!

    • Jim says:

      Wow, Albert. That simultaneously feels like an encouragment and a call to action for Christian creatives. Thanks!!!

    • Phillis says:

      Amen God has placed his beauty all around for us to be inspired by, what away to express his love for u s all. 💕

  2. Rae says:

    As an artist I understand that art is made with love.If I do not love it then it simply is not finished. During the process of making a painting I experience joy , delight and all other emotions that are both positive and negative and most of all love and peace . In mark making I experience peace . I see this as Gods gift to me and to all that view and experience my work

  3. Carolyn Duff says:

    I was always wondering if God loved what I do. I wondered if he enjoyed seeing me doing what I so enjoy doing. I do this out of love, passion, and self therapy. I am a reborn doll artist.

  4. Jennifer Eby says:

    I’m in a setting where I don’t see much appreciation for the type of art work I am inspired by my Christian walk to create but I believe all good gifts come down from above, from the Father of lights with whom there is no variableness neither shadow of turning. God Himself teaches this through the use of gifted artists in the making of the tabernacle, in the ordaining of singers and musicians, in the poetry of the psalms, in the very writing of His Word through the gift of writing he bestowed upon the writers. How exactly God wants to use the gifts He gives may change but that He gives them for His glory and honor and the edification of mankind remains unvaried in our unvarying God.

    • Jim says:

      Thank you for the reminder Jennifer! Soli Deo gloria.

  5. Mary Lewison says:

    I have been drawing and painting seriously since I was 10. I am now 67. God gifted me with a lot of ability in art and teaching for which I’m grateful! I sign my work with my initials and a Cross because I never feel like I’m painting or drawing alone. I’m even contemplating leaving my initials off and just signing with the Cross. I suffer from depression, but two summers ago at an art fair a woman walked into my booth and said “your work is filled with so much joy!” I didn’t realize that even when I’m depressed God’s Joy shines through me : ) I realized right then that God was using my art to spread his Peace and Love. Before that I thought I just did nice paintings : )

    • Jim says:

      Thank you for your transparency Mary! And thank you for the art that you’ve created and will create.

  6. Lynda says:

    I am a Christian with a gift from the Lord for creative expression. I love to draw, paint, and create. I have recently been posting my work online to share with others. Recently, a friend pointed out that I should not do this, as it creates pride in my, and pride is a sin. That everything I do should point to God as the source. I often create work out of scriptures I read, and often use biblical quotes in my work. She pointed out that several people commented how talented I was, and since they were saying that about me, God is not getting the glory. Now I am confused, as I always thought that sharing what I find beautiful is a way to help people see God. I don’t believe that I am creating for the ‘pride boost.’ What are your thoughts, please.

    • Jim says:

      Thank you for your comments Lynda.

      You are doing what God created you to do. You are being faithful in using the gifts and talents he has given you.

      Scripture commands us to be good stewards over the gifts he’s given us. These gifts are given for our benefit (this has a lot to do with joy, which is one of the reasons you love to draw, paint and create), and for the benefit of others. To not use what God has given us is an act of disobedience. (Matthew 25:14-30.)

      Regarding pride boost, I’ve never known anyone who has completely eradicated pride from their life. It’s definitely worth the struggle to address any sin through confession. (1 John 1:9) However, and this is the point I would share with your friend, it’s not the receiving of compliments that’s the issue, it’s what you do with these compliments. Internally, we should often thank God for any talent, and in fact, every good thing he has given us (James 1:17). Externally, when the situation allows it, let the person know how grateful you are to God for the skill he’s given you. By the way, it’s 100% appropriate to thank someone for a compliment, whether it’s related to art, or the wonderful dinner you just served your guests.

      One other thing to consider. Whenever you try to do something of significance in life, you’ll receive some degree of resistance (opposition.) This is the way it is in a fallen world. Thankfully, there are also times you’ll receive assistance – a kind word, an encouragement, an offer of tools and techniques to help you be a better artist, etc.

      You have something that God has given to only you. We need it, and we need you. Please press on.

  7. Sésé says:

    I was a bit scared because I wanted to make a fancomic in anime style of a cartoon I like but if always very greatful for what God gave me to be able to be creative and make art 🥰 I am always scared that maybe inappropriate especially when I create villains I wonder if it’s bad since I have to understand their mindset to put them in the story and they do all sorts of crimes😓

  8. Kelsey Simpson says:

    This was great to read! I’m going back to school to get my BFA. At first I wasn’t sure I should because my art hasn’t gone far like some I know. But my friend encouraged me back into it when I just about gave up. I am now half way through a children’s book (creating the illustrations for it.) My friend recently helped me find a way to reach out to our community by creating a club or class. I’m going today to talk with my pastor about it. Prayers please😊

  9. David Lin says:

    I believe God gave me the ability to draw my own anthropomorphic animal characters, and I was able to use my life experiences, my emotions, my observations, my feelings, my imaginations, and the complexities of human life in my drawings. Yet, sometimes I feel at odds with the church since I came across a ministry art website stating that I shouldn’t use self-expression in my drawing since that feels a little stifling. The thing is, ever since I started to draw and discover that I can draw my own anthropomorphic animal characters quite well, I couldn’t seem to put my pencil down and keep drawing. I do believe that my creativity should never be ignored at all. And because I can draw quite well (since I finished college recenlty) I’ve been thinking about making graphic novels and animations. I mean really, I enjoy viewing other people’s art and animations without having to compare myself to them.

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