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?

12 Replies to “Does God Care about Your Artwork?”

  1. 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!!!

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

  2. 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. 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. 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.

  5. 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 : )

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

  6. I keep drawing in my dream amd then i wake up.but its recurring. I draw sometimes

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