7 Bible Verses About Design
The graphics we share reflect our hearts just as much as the words we write. Find 7 Bible verses about design to prayerfully consider as we create graphics to honor God.
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.Psalm 101:2b-3a ESV
One night when I was in high school, my dad came home early to find my boyfriend and me laughing with an episode of Eddie Murphy Raw. And raw it was. My dad quietly asked my boyfriend to leave and then followed me to my room. Dad was worse than angry—he was disappointed. He talked to me for a few minutes and ended with a question that set a standard for the rest of my life.
“You know better. And even if I hadn’t caught you, God still knows what you’re watching. What do you imagine He thinks when you’re watching that junk?”
I still hear Dad every time I turn on the TV or scroll through social media. I heard him again during Jasmine Tambo’s Crown Rockin’ Canva Creations webinar when she explained how graphics set the tone for our online communities, and I wondered: What would God say about the graphics we publish and share?
While this may seem like a strange question, the graphics we share reflect our hearts just as much as the words we write. I pray over my writing, but I’ve never once prayed over the images I publish for thousands of women to see every day.
As I searched Scripture, I found dozens of verses relating to the things we choose to look upon each day. Here are six more Bible verses about design to prayerfully consider as we create graphics to honor God.
Design With Integrity
Is My Design Uplifting?
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.Ephesians 4:29 ESV
Images can be designed to lift viewers’ moods, minds, and spirits. Images can speak love peace and encouragement into someone’s day without a single letter. As leaders for the body of Christ, we want every word and pixel our images to build up and never to cut down.
Does The Design Honor God?
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both.Proverbs 20:12 ESV
Our eyes are a gift from God and should be used to glorify and serve Him. Therefore, our graphics should always help people grow closer to God and display His glory.
Is The Design Healthy?
If your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.Matthew 6:22b-23a ESV
Images feed our eyes, and there for our mind, spirit and body. The images we spend our time gazing on actually wire our brain for either light or darkness within, so we need to fill our images with the light of Christ.
Set Their Eyes Upon Nothing Worthless
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the seaMark 9:42 ESV
As ministry leaders and content creators, we have a special responsibility to show others what being a Christin is, as well as what it isn’t. It’s important to recognize that the graphics we create and share also have the potential to inspire sin, and to cause hurt, anger, and darkness. I invite you to prayerfully evaluate if any element of an image may cause one of your follows to stumble.
Is The Design Suggestive?
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.Matthew 5:28 ESV
Use discernment to determine if anything in an image is suggestive of sin, such as harsh wording, violence, impropriety, or anger.
Could The Design Cause Division Among Believers?
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.Romans 16:17 ESV
We must be mindful of trends and sensitivities in our world. Just like in the real world, virtual communities struggle with cancel culture and the strain of life during a global pandemic. Wise ministries will avoid adding to the rampant division, anger, condemnation, and judgement in the world around us.
The Ultimate Question
When I taught Sunday School, I learned a fun hymn that reminded me of Dad’s lecture from high school: “O Be Careful Little Eyes” sung by the Cedarmont Kids. The song reminds us that our loving God cares about what we see, hear, say, and do, where we go, and whom we trust, because it all ultimately leads to what we think.
Our ministries are a gift from God. What we do with them is our gift to Him. So, while you work with your images, remember—even if no one says anything, God still knows what you’re sharing. What do you imagine He thinks of your image?
Ask the Lord how the graphics you share and publish for your ministry may better honor Him.
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Valerie is a wife, mother, blogger, breast cancer survivor, and virtual assistant. After suffering years of debilitating anxiety, she learned that victory over anxiety comes only through surrender to Jesus. Valerie writes to point women to the Jesus as co-director of Candidly Christian, and as a freelance writer and editor. You can learn more about Valerie at ValerieRiese.com
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
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