Created to create
A couple of years ago, I vacationed in Colorado with my wife’s family. At our Airbnb, we had a perfect view of the Rocky Mountains. I was awestruck at the thought that God could think about creating something so magnificent!
Psalm 33 reminds us of the creation story, how God put everything together with immense care and purpose: “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”
A characteristic of God we often forget about is his creativity. We see it in mountain ranges, sunrises and rivers.
Think about Psalm 139:14: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
Genesis 1:27 tells us God created us in his image. As his image-bearers, we all have that creative spark within us. However, we tend to only attribute this characteristic to those who are artistic, but it extends to all of us in many aspects of our lives. It can be cooking a meal, or playing with your child, or putting your monthly budget together.
God is pleased when we create because it reflects himself… yes, even when it is something as mundane as a spreadsheet or a meal. Each of these creative expressions can become an act of worship, when done with a heart surrendered to him.
It’s easy to doubt our creative potential. How often does comparison or the fear of failure lead us to suffocate that spark of creativity? God calls us to embrace our gifts and talents and to trust he’s equipped us.
May we cultivate that divinely instilled spark of creativity, surrender our insecurities to our Creator, and use our gifts to encourage others. In Matthew 5:16, Jesus said “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.”
May we remember that all we create is for his ultimate glory and to embrace our identity as image-bearers, created to create!
Written by Josué Lara, public relations coordinator for Buckner International.
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