In the beginning God created… (Genesis 1:1)
God, by nature, is creative.
Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
We are all created in the image of God.
IMAGE – exact likeness
We are created in the likeness of God. When you open a Bible one of the very first things the word teaches us is that God is a creator. When I sit back and think about who I am and how I am wired, I have to include the fact that we are created in the image of God in the conversation. God is a creator…and being made in his likeness we have to assume that means we too are designed to be creators also. Each one of us has the ability and DNA to create by the very nature of how God made us. So only one question remains, what are we supposed to create and how do we do it?
Some of us are the obvious “creative” types. Ideas, concepts and artistic value ooze out of every pore. But just because you don’t fall into that stereotyped category doesn’t mean you’re not creative.
CREATIVE – marked by the ability or power to create
This ability you’re marked by is embedded in your very nature. It is one of the defining marks from your creator that remind you where you come from, whose you are and who HE is. It isn’t a special gift you possess or a sudden feeling that comes upon you. You create every day, even in the mundane routine of life. You create your own daily patterns, schedule, habits, and behaviors. You have the power to create!!! It is just a matter of recognizing it and intentionally using it.
So, back to our question that we need answered. What are we supposed to create and how do we do it? The answer is found in Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” We are to create good works that give glory to God. This can be as simple as creating a meal as a sign of hospitality to a neighbor… all the way to creating an entire ministry that helps those in need have self-sustaining food for the rest of their lives. It is not a matter of scale that counts, it is a matter of using the creativity that God has placed deep within each one us to show him to the world around us.
I have found that when I go through seasons where I am not being “intentionally creative” I become stale, sour and bored I become anxiously unfulfilled. I believe it is because we are made in the image of God and are intended to create as he creates to display his glory to the world around us! So next time your feeling unsettled in your life, bored, or just plain unsatisfied, seek God and ask him what he would have you create. Then don’t hold back, don’t hesitate, just get busy doing it.