Creating for Him
The sun in the sky, the petal of a flower, the toes of a newborn baby, the waves of the sea, the chirping of birds. The world is a magnificent place filled with beautiful creations that all point to God’s creativity. You would have to really work hard to argue that our God is not a creative God. It is displayed everywhere we look, including in you and me. God has given us the glorious task of representing him on Earth and one of the ways we do that is through His creative spirit He has placed in us. Can you believe God trusted and has allowed us to do that?? What an amazing and glorious privilege that is.
You are creative
So many of us believe that we are either creative or we are not. We are either left or right brained. Yet the Bible states the opposite. In Genesis 1:27, it states:
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
God is the creator and the originator of art and beauty. He is the creator of color, texture, order, magnificence, and the creator of you and me! What’s even more amazing is that He made each and every one of us in His image! Therefore, we have all inherited the desire to create! That’s right, ALL of us, not just the artist or the musicians, each and every one of us carries His creativity in us! Our capacity to imagine something and make it a beautiful thing is the capacity God has given us.
Creativity looks different for each and every one of us. For some it’s whipping up a new recipe in the kitchen, for others it’s setting up a play on the soccer field, for me, it’s putting together a cute outfit. We all have different gifts, talents, and interests, but we all have them! Romans 12:4-8 compares each of our abilities to the human body. The human body has many different members, but each member has a unique function and is vital to the other members. The same goes for people and our abilities. Each of us have different talents and abilities, but each of those abilities are equally important and God has called us to use them for His glory.
Romans 12:4-8: For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Use it, don’t become it
Our hearts are always looking for a place to put our love and there are only two places it can be put, either on the Creator or on his creation.
While we are certainly all filled with beautiful and glorious gifts, these good things, become bad things when they take control of our hearts and we use them to glorify ourselves rather than to point us back to Him. The outfit you have on quickly becomes a way to show off and receive praise, the food you cook in the kitchen becomes a platform to demonstrate your greatness or the web application you created becomes your identity.
The Bible warns us not to forget that God created these things to point us and those around us to Him, the only person that will ever satisfy our hearts. God is the peace, joy, and comfort we desire and we will never ultimately find that in the world.
Jesus shares with us, that we should “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” God calls us to use our gifts, to have fun with them, to let them shine! But remember what the intention behind those gifts He gave you are and be cautious of letting these things take control of our hearts.
Fill yourself with Him
If God has given you a talent, he has also given you the resources and ability to use it to glorify Him. However, there are times when we feel totally empty of all creativity or we feel full of the wrong material, material that would not be glorifying God. How do we glorify God when we feel we have nothing to give?
Fill yourself with Him and focus on what is true and beautiful.
If creativity can be an expression of His beauty, we must fill ourselves with His spirit and we must take time to get to know Him. When we fill our minds with God’s spirit and His wisdom, He will naturally spill out into our creations and our behavior. When we fill ourselves with things of this world, we naturally become self-centered and our creativity quickly becomes a way to praise ourselves.
Today I want to encourage each and every one of you that you are creative and to express that creativity. Don’t be afraid to shine or be unique, God gave each of us a special gift that He wants us to use to glorify Him with. Just be cautious of doing it on our own, that’s when our gifts become self-glorifying. Fill yourself with Him and shine bright for the world to see.