This guest post is by Josh Espasandin of WeCreate:
Hello all my ALFGers! I’m so excited to be able to be posting here and sharing ideas with more of God’s artists. Let me give a brief introduction of myself:
My name is Joshua Espasandin. I currently attend the Art Institute of Portland for animation (I hope to work for “the Mouse” someday). I also lead a small Christian ministry for artists at my church called WeCreate. WeCreate meets every week and discusses how to better use our talents for God, like we do here on ALFG, so most of the ideas behind my posts will probably come from my time with the WeCreate team.
The idea I want to introduce to you today, an idea I hold dear, is the idea of using art as a form of worship.
First let’s look at what worship really is. Worship could be described as surrender to God, an act of obedience, singing and dancing, etc. What it ultimately is is exalting communication with God. So what about art? Something we need to understand about art is that it isn’t just something that looks or sounds pretty. It is also a form of communication.
How then do we go about using our talents (painting, sculpting, dancing, writing, etc.) as a way of communicating with the Almighty? The answer: carefully and with purpose. Let’s look at what Jesus in John 4:23-24 has to say…
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
As long as we worship in spirit and in truth, we will be speaking God’s language AND the Father will actually seek US out and may communicate back! As believers, we need to be communicating with God to know His plan for our lives. As God’s artists, we should be using our talents to do the same so we know where God wants us to use our abilities.
So what do you all think?
Can you think of ways to worship with your art medium?
Can you worship with things like video or theater?
Whatcha thinkin’ guys?…