“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
Genesis 1:1-2 (NIV)
Have you noticed that when an artist accepts an award or recognition for their work at an awards ceremony or the like, the first thing that person says is, “I would like to thank God,” or some variation of that statement? As Jefferson Bethke said in this spoken word piece, that is giving credit where credit is due.
Who is the greatest artist of all time? There’s really no debate. The greatest artist of all time is our Father God in Heaven. Take the time to read the first two chapters of Genesis, and you will see. Can Shakespeare say he created the heavens and the earth? Can Monet say he separated light from darkness? Can Michael Jackson say he rose land from sea? Can J. R. R. Tolkien say he drew man from dust and breathed life into him? Only God can claim these wondrous, mighty acts. And what’s so awe-inspiring about all if it is that He did it in just six days! Some artists take weeks, months, even years to complete a masterpiece that still pales in comparison to the works of God.
In fact, had it not been for God, there would be no artists whose work we hang up in museums and buy for millions of dollars; there would be no singers and actors for pestering paparazzi to follow around with flashing cameras; there would be no sold-out concerts, no screaming and fainting fans; there would be no television, no movies, no music. All of these are products of God’s fine work, but rarely is He given the recognition.
Artists are so quick to file lawsuits, send out cease and desist letters, shut down websites for offering free copies of their books, music, paintings, etc., as if any of those things actually belong to them. Let me repeat the words that my pastor always tells us in church: “God is the owner, I’m just the manager.”
Instead of shoving our creations down people’s throats, forcing them to accept that we are the creators of such beauties of art, why don’t we start using our gifts and talents to praise He who has blessed us with such creativity. We have but a short time on this earth. It’s time we recognize the true artist, the author and finisher of our faith.