“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)
For us Christian artists, that means every project we make or are apart of, we do it with Christ in mind. We do it for Him, and make it known that it is being done for Him.
If we don’t accept this, and want to keep the reason for why we do what we do, “on the low,” we are either ashamed of Christ and thus denying Him before man, or we are living to please man, and that means we are “no longer a servant of Jesus Christ.”
Being honest about our faith will cost us something. But denying it will cost us everything:
“But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)
Doing everything in Christ’s name also means we do everything in excellence. If we commit a song, book, film, or even a simple blog to the Creator of this incredibly beautiful and grandiose universe and declare that to the world, how can we present anything short of excellent? I’m preaching to myself too here.
“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.”(Colossians 3:23, 24)
To speak the truth in love, I say to Christian film-makers, why aren’t your films done in excellence? Why do you settle for mediocre acting and writing? Are you truly making these films for the Lord? Does not our King operate in a Spirit of excellence, and do we not have this same Spirit within us? Was not the temple built in astounding beauty and excellence, and were not the singers that sang unto our King utterly superb?
You desire to reach the lost, but who desires to spend money watching a poorly made film? I know I sure don’t. Why, if we have the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that are hidden in Christ, and if we are anointed by the Almighty, do we produce art that isn’t beautiful and moving?
I pray we repent and work diligently to produce only works of excellence for our Savior and King. He deserves nothing less, and we are not serving the people in love if we give them something that will have no affect on their soul.
“God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature and wisdom. Daniel also understood visions and dreams of every kind. The king interviewed them, and among all of them, no one was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they began to serve in the king’s court. In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them 10 times better than all the diviner-priests and mediums in his entire kingdom.” (Daniel 1:17, 19, 20)
May we put forth art that is 10 times better than those who do not yet know Jesus Christ as Lord, that He may be glorified and His name all the more magnified on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.