Here is the audio from a breakout session I did in Bristol, CT for “Worship Seminar with Matt Stinton” in Bethel, CT.
I read a book a few years back that God puts our art on His refrigerator and this got me thinking about our role as creators and artists.
Please note that the first 5 min of this talk did not get recorded. It included a quick speech on holiness in teams (which I will blog later) but also the text below the thing which is actually the set up for this talk… So read that and then listen
Our Art on God’s Refrigerator: Creativity in the Church
Have you heard the phrase “less of me and more of you”?
I believe that the church has perpetuated a lie with this phrase that I want to address today.
In many eastern religions the key to being close to God is the removal of self. The more you remove who you are the more you become one with your God. I believe we have created environments in our churches where the goal is to come in as you are and attempt to remove “YOU” so you can have more of Him. Almost like the BORG in star trek… a drone of the collective and individuality is not celebrated.
I know this may sound like semantics, but that is far from biblical truth.
The bible says: sell all and follow me… which is an act of surrender.
Rom 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,1 by the mercies of God, to present your bodies bas a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.2 2 Do not be conformed to this world,3 but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Simply put: instead of Less of me and more of you
we should be thinking “I surrender all to Him so He can make me the best version of me”