And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:31
When God created the earth He said it was “very good.” Creation was perfect and beautiful. Humanity was created and tasked with overseeing God’s creation but we failed in our task. When humanity fell we took creation with us.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Romans 8:20-21
With the fall of humanity creation was cursed and subjected to “futility.” The earth cries out for redemption. It appears in scripture that this final redemption of creation will happen when God creates a new heaven and earth. But for now we, as the children of God, have the opportunity to redeem parts of creation through our creative action.
Your efforts to bring beauty, balance, truth, order and purity to the world around you redeem those parts of creation and return them to their original purpose of glorifying God. The creative arts are a powerful tool for redeeming creation as we take the chaos around us and craft it into something beautiful – something that brings about just a small glimpse of the wonder of our Father the Creator.
As a child of God you can play the role of redemption for God’s fallen creation and imitate your Heavenly Father. You cannot redeem other humans but you can, even if it is only temporary, redeem a little part of God’s creation and return it to Him.
What a wonderful way to view your artistic talents. Go out and redeem, win back, a little part of creation and give it to God as your joyful gift!
by Jerry Wyrick, President of Worship Arts Conservatory
Worship Director at Crosspointe Church.