A beautiful image emerges from nothing on a canvas. An actor with sword in hand figths with hundreds in the battle of his life on film. A dancer moves purposely with eye-pleasing ease and grace on a stage. A bat hits a ball with a cracking sound and soars through the night lights over a fence 400 feet away at a ballpark. A sumptuous meal prepared with such imagination and artistry that it is only surpassed by its pallet-pleasing deliciousness on a plate. A captivating chorus that sings words our souls identify with invites us to join in at a concert (or through ear buds!).
Arts, Entertainment, and Sports provide us with ways to see, taste, hear, smell, and touch life! They greatly impact us and “light us up” deep within, creating lifetime loves and loyalties to our favorite expressions. Without them, life would be much more monotonous—causing us to miss out on the richness of colors and sounds, the wealth of true stories that need to be told, and the encountering kinds of experiences that add to the joy of sharing life with one another.
We can take a peek at God’s pouring out of His Spirit on those in this domain in Exodus 35:31-34 where it states, “…and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. And He has inspired him to teach…” Notice at the end how the artist is to reproduce in others what they’ve been given—there’s the discipling component!
Often, the various expressions in this domain reveal something of the beauty of the Lord. For some, that beauty is conveyed through the hands of the sculptor as they fashion their clay creation. For others, it’s expressed through a painter as they bring to life something they’ve only seen before in their minds. For sports fans, it’s demonstrated through a well planned and executed play that combines exceptional teamwork and seasoned skill leading to a score on the gridiron, pitch, court, or ice. I like seeing this beauty on display every couple of years during the “parade of nations” at the opening ceremonies of the summer and winter Olympic Games—it gives me a little taste of wht heaven will be like when the kings parade the glory of their nations before the King of kings (Revelation 21:23-25)!
Like each of these domains, the devil would like to steal, kill and destroy” those called to it—moving these artisans and players into places of isolation, perversion, vanity, and pride. He knows that if he can influence their lives, that he then owns the gateway that can alter their God-given craft. The Scriptures teach that our lives bring forth the fruit of what’s really inside of us: “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:43-45). Therefore, the need for those in this domain to be shaped in the character, ways, and mission of Jesus is absolutely essential!
Reflection Points: “The Character of God in Arts, Entertainment and Sports”
*Note: you can use the following list as a prayer outline to pray over this domain.
- As mentioned already, this domain often reveals the beauty of the Lord (Exodus 28:1-3, 39-41; Psalm 27:4; Isaiah 62:2-4).
- Craftsmanship (Exodus 35:31-34).
- He was the designer of the first garments (Genesis 3:21).
- God was the one behind the building of the Ark of the Covenant—and besides being functional it was also beautiful (Exodus 25:10-22).
- He is also the Creator of the new Jerusalem and all its splendor (Revelation 21:9-22:5).
- The greatness of God is often revealed causing us to worship (1 Chronicles 29:10-13; Psalm 145).
- The hospitality and culinary expressions of entertaining are rooted in God. He was the first to provide a place to stay and is our source of food (Genesis 1-3; Matthew 6:28-33).
- The Scriptures reveals God’s emotions of joy (Zephaniah 3:17).
- He is ultimately an athlete’s source of strength (Isaiah 40:29-31; Philippians 4:13).
- His discipline is like that of a coach training athletes for the prize (1 Corinthians 9:25-27, Hebrews 12:11-13) and playing by the rules (2 Timothy 2:5-7).
- He provides physical benefits for training (1 Timothy 4:7-8).
- The performance of the artist, entertainer, and athlete is to reflect the glory of God to the world (1 Corinthians 10:31).