THE ARCHITECTUAL ARTIST
Architectural arts is the seventh category of our Worship Arts practice and it speaks of rest. It’s about building a place the Lord wants to rest. We want our art, our work, to be a place God will inhabit—a place where He can be found. Throughout the Scriptures we read of the Sabbath—the seventh day--where the people were to cease from their own works, as God did His. Architectural arts, as worship art, means that we stop building our own kingdom and build His.
“Thus says the LORD, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.” (Isaiah 66:1-2).
Where can we build a house for the Lord since He created everything? Heaven, earth and all things were made by Him so how can we make anything as a home for Him beyond what He’s made? But, He says, to this one He looks (for a dwelling place, a resting place), to the one who is humble and of contrite spirit, who trembles at His word. A humble heart is the building material God is looking for! The Bible calls us living stones. We are the temple of God. We have the awesome privilege of becoming a place of rest for the Lord! How amazing that the God of the universe would choose one who is humble, contrite, and fears Him to become a home. Let’s make Him comfortable!
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,” (Ephesians 2:19-20).
To build a strong foundation we must first look to Him because not only is He the Lord of all, He is the chief cornerstone—the foundational building block of all we build. The Architectural Artist is a leader who recognizes the Lord as both Foundation and Head, and knows that he or she needs the mind of God before building anything. This is not a leader who is a control freak, but one who seeks the Lord’s wisdom. One who has the Lord’s vision, can see the gifts in those around him, and gets things going so God's plans can happen.
David gave his son Solomon the plans for building the temple, he had received them from the Spirit of God. We need to know God's plans for whatever we are building before we change the landscape of anything. Proverbs tells us not to remove the ancient boundaries set by our forefathers. Before we rush into a leadership position and make all kinds of changes, we need to seek the wisdom of God, and of those who have gone before us, and find out why things are the way they are. In the book of Acts we read that God establishes the times and borders for all nations. Sometimes we don’t immediately see the wisdom of why things are the way they are. That’s why a leader needs to press in to the Lord and find out. God founded the earth by wisdom, we need His same wisdom.
“The first skill My builders develop is the skill of surveying. They must know the land because I designed the land for My people. When you build with My wisdom, what you build will fit perfectly with the land.” (Rick Joyner quoting the Lord.1)
Architectural art as a worship art is about building and leadership. As an art category, we refer to structural or even geometrical type crafts—any building projects, but also paper cutting, paper folding, sand art etc. This includes structural concepts such as a business plan or website structure, (as opposed to the graphic design of a website which is more visual art). Of course building, planning or designing actual structures, landscapes or furniture are included in architectural art as well.
Probably more than any of the other categories, one with an architectural art gift is mixed with other gifts making a leadership gift in that category. For example, one with a culinary/architectural gift might be a restaurant entrepreneur. All of us have a bit of architectural art in us because we all are the ruler of our own life. When one of the other gifts seems to be mixed with a leadership flair, then it might speak to us of our occupation or calling.
God has an order to things. If you are going to be a leader, He needs to know you can maintain order if you need to. When God comes to "rest" in that which we have built, it might stir things up a bit. For Him to come in and “mess up” our order, He needs to know we will be able to bring direction after the “chaos” just as He did by His Spirit in the beginning. He won’t come visit and mess up our stuff if it will just leave us in chaos. This is one of the tasks of a leader. Seek the Lord for His plans in your life, your family, your ministry and "job." When you have His plans you'll see the clutter and confusion go from your life. You'll know your purpose. You might have to remind yourself to stay focused at times, but when you keep Him before you, you'll know what to do.
For inspiration from the Master Artist visit beautiful structures of creation. Rock formations, canyons, dams, even beehives or any of the amazing architectural attributes of this planet. Of course looking at beautiful man-made bridges and towers are inspiring, yet the breath-taking magnificence of God as shown in His architectural work is very humbling and revealing of His greatness.
1 Peter 2:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Chronicles 28:11-12, Proverbs 22:28, Acts 17:26-27, Proverbs 3:19, 1 Corinthians 3:9-16
1. The Call, Rick Joyner, MorningStar Publications, Charlotte, NC. Page 163