We wouldn’t be offering our best possible work if we did not believe in God.
It is easy to argue this point by noting a long laundry list of cultural works that come from creators who do not acknowledge God as their Lord. There are great things to behold out there in the world. I love it. People are astounding in what they can make. But, this doesn’t mean it could not be better. Imagine what could be done if their lights were turned on.
One theologian, John Frame, notes, “The most important fact about anything in the world is its relationship to God’s lordship.” If this is true and the makers of our day took it to heart, what would the culture look like?
If the filmmaker, author, lyricist, journalist, photographer, musician, and artist sought to apply this to their work, it would reflect a wise and courageous ability to interact with all of the goodness and sinfulness that humanity embodies. The same goes for the architect, business man, cook, caretaker, accountant, and city planner. No matter what your type of work is, if God is personally recognized for whom he truly says to be, your work will reflect a whole other level of quality.
This is not to say that the filmmaker should only make movies about Bible stories, or that the plumber must have scripture on the side of his truck and leave gospel tracts in the toilet paper. It simply means that they are good at whatever job they do. Movies enfold people into a story that truly knows the complexities of a human narrative. That plumber efficiently and thoroughly fixes your problems. Believers in Christ should get the job done in a significantly deeper way. It should be so stand-out. So… other than.
Our attempts to know and cultivate the world ought to recognize the presence, authority, and control of God. If we don’t know the person who established the purpose of everything, our communities would be lacking the most excellent sort of work we could produce.
If you want to become really good at your job, it will involve studying and practicing that craft. And if you want to know it truly and most thoroughly, you must recognize God. When you really know your field, you’re a great service to people and show God to be the ultimate Creator.
Photo: Vita Vilcina