What Do You Want To Accomplish?
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, unto good works which God has foreordained that we should walk in them”. (Ephesians 2:10)
What do you want to accomplish? What’s interesting to me about that verse, is that the word “workmanship” is the Greek word “poema”, which is the word from which we get our English word “poem”. There are lots of different kinds of poems, but they are all creative works of art. There
are narrative poems, rhyming poems, free-form poems, etc. In the same way, each of us is a creative work of art, according to this scripture. Each of us is a poem.
Those who know church history will confirm that the Protestant Reformation in the 1500’s unfortunately brought about a de-emphasis in the arts within the Church, and in the importance of creative gifting in general. And yet today, we live in an age that is “media saturated”! The creative artist in our society can often “speak louder” than the orator! After all, young people these days are used to thinking in pictures since their
That is one reason that when I was a Campus Crusade for Christ itinerant musician and storyteller, I decided that one of the things I wanted to accomplish was to create a set of short videos that taught all of the classical doctrines of Christianity (i.e., The Doctrine of the Trinity, The Doctrine of Sin, The Doctrine of Satan, etc.) I wanted to do this in a way that everyone could understand – through storytelling and entertainment. I wanted thi set of short videos to be perfect for parents to share with their children, so that they could BOTH learn together.
My plan was to start each video with some humor, through an imaginary character of some kind, usually speaking in a heavy accented voice (like a wild cowboy, or a New York City policeman). After that, there would be an animated cartoon, showing a ‘parable’ about that particular doctrine. Then, I would come on camera and explain that doctrine in user-friendly, easy-to-understand language. Finally, my hand puppet named Shep would reinforce the point.
The result has been BiblePop.com. Since 2011, we have received a large number of visits from all over the world, by the grace of God. I believe that God put this “good work” into my heart, because he had “foreordained” that I would be living in a time when he would be re-introducing the creative arts to the Church, as a means of communicating biblical truth.
What do you want to accomplish? Has God put a poem in your heart? My prayer is that you would carefully consider this, and that you would not let something “out of the ordinary” that comes to mind, be a discouragement as to its divine source – but rather a confirmation!