When Roy and I began to promote today's free Grove Teleseminar, What Would Jesus Say to Artists Today?, we were a bit blown away by how many of you responded... thank you!
We simply asked the question and over 30 of you responded with your thoughts and comments with what Jesus would say to artists today... or should we say, "What Jesus IS saying to His artists today?!"
If you missed this free online conversation, just click here and you can listen in. For you writers and note-takers, we put together a downloadable PDF for you to follow along.
Or if you just want to listen and scribble, just listen and scribble. (I, Joey, usually making inter-connected triangles when I scribble...probably an Irish-trinity-pathology of sorts.)
Take a Deep Soak in This!
Roy posed this question of what would Jesus say to artists today to his friend, Brett Maybury, in Nashville. Here's how Brett responded... our jaws are dropping at the depth and generosity in what he offered... which is why we are so thankful he graciously allowed us to share it with you.
Here's what stirs in my heart - what I think Jesus would say:
I love you. I am the Creator of your heart, your mind, your frame, your being (Job 10:11; Psalm 119:73; Isaiah 44:24). I love you. It is my delight to sing over you, filling the heavens with a song that is uniquely yours (Zeph 3:17). I love you. I know when you sit down and when you rise up. I am familiar with all your ways (Psalm 139:2-3). I am not far-off and not angry with you. I will never leave you (Joshua 1:5). I am the complete expression of love (1 John 4:16). I love you.
My love for you releases and waits. You are free in your choosing. When you fill your life with the things of this world, you will find me waiting. When the work of your hands drives the purpose of your day, you will find me waiting. Like a father who waits on a farmhouse porch for his child to come home or return from the field, you will find me waiting. I am always here for you, waiting. In the quiet you will hear me calling your name. Turn and you will see me (Luke 5:31-32). It is my desire to give you all that I am my child (1 John 3:1). I love you.
Are you weary? Are you tired? Do you feel burned out on religion? (Matthew 11:28-30) Do you feel abused from being treated like a product? Remember who you are. You are mine. I have saved you (Isaiah 43:1). Look to me and I will rescue you from your striving. I will shape you, carefully, lovingly, like a potter masterfully shaping clay (Isaiah 64:8). Look to me and your worry will loose its hold. It is my perfect love, not your effort to control that will remove your fears (1 John 4:18). Your identity is not in the results of your creative expression, the verdict of the reviewer or the position you hold. Your identity is in me (2 Cor 5:17). I love you.
You bear my image and unique design. You are made to create. The artistic voice I gave you is for your joy and my delight. I will purpose the journey of each artistic expression. Do not compare yourself with others. This will only trap you in places of discouragement, pride or envy. Do not try to make things happen in your strength. Find rest and release in me (Psalm 46:10). Place before me your art, as you do your life. In trust and surrender see what I will do. The culture around you will always drag you down to its level of immaturity, but I will bring the best out of you. I develop well-formed maturity in you (Romans 12:1-2).
I am calling the artist to a higher calling than decoration and propaganda. As you continue to join with other worshippers, encouraging love and helping out, I will awaken you to the gifts of my Spirit (Hebrews 10:22-25). Artistic expression of all kinds will teach and prophesy, convict and heal, bring wisdom and clear understanding, build faith and release the miraculous (1 Cor 12:7-11; Eph 4:11). The surrendered life of each artist and their artistic expression will be like wheat seed buried in the ground. The cost of this burial will give rise to an experience and expression of my Kingdom (John 12:24-26), changing the landscape around.
I am calling you to life my child. I am calling you to me. And on that day when you depart this world, your life and art will continue to speak, because of love. I love you my child.
Wow...thank you Brett!
We'd love your comments to Brett's words and your reflections on the teleseminar. Please comment below...