Create!

Amish barn raising

It’s been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. When a dad sees his son or daughter playing at sweeping the deck or a mom sees her child standing beside her mixing imagination while she mixes the ingredients for a cake, their hearts just about burst with joy. 

Our heavenly Father is the same way. All people have some measure of creativity because we all are in the image of God. But, when we are reborn, the Holy Spirit comes and lives within us; the God of all creation comes into these jars of clay.

God’s Creativity in Us

When creative God abides within people made in His image then marvelous creativity bursts forth. Yes, I’m talking about you! Let’s see God’s creativity in three passages of Scripture:

For by him (the Son of God) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. – Colossians 1:16

And David danced before the LORD with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod. – 2 Samuel 6:14

“Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” – Jeremiah 18:2

Emulate God’s Creativity

God’s Word affirms His creativity. God’s Word declares His pleasure in His people emulating His creativity. Just as their child’s imagination blesses a parent, so God is blessed when His children dance and sing and paint and create pottery. Let’s not forget that before Jesus began His earthly ministry, He was a tektōn. Most Bibles translate this Greek Word to mean carpenter, but this Greek Word was a common term for an artisan/craftsman– Wikipedia

God wants His children to be creative. When we are, we are worshiping the Creator. So, receive this liberty from God. If God has given you dance, then dance. If He has given you musical skills, then use those to glorify God. If God has given you artistic skills, skills to paint, sculpt, sew, craft wood, or clean tombstones, then do so to the glory of God. Whatever creativity God has placed in you, be emboldened to use it. That’s why God gave it to you. Use it in honorable ways; ways that pull people to God the Creator.

Be Confident

Are you unsure of what creativity God has given you? You can glorify God through the use of software or farming or auto repair or custodial work. Wherever God has placed you, He has provided the means to be creative, ask Him, seek His provision, knock on the door of His opportunities, and you will receive. And the God who created everything that is seen and unseen will be pleased when you imitate Him.

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash, picture of an Amish barn raising.

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It is well

Rich Mullins was an influential, talented Christian singer/songwriter. It’s been many years since he was killed in an automobile accident. Before his death, he wrote songs that are now standards in Christian music. Songs such as “Awesome God,” “If I Stand,” “Hold Me Jesus,” “Calling Out Your Name,” and my favorite, “Creed.”

One of Rich Mullins’ songs is called, “Everywhere I Go I See You.” It’s a very simple song, unlike many other songs he wrote, but the Lord just laid it on my heart today.

Yes, the world is complicated, full of dissent, lies, and pain. And yes, God is complex. And yes, churches struggle to preach Jesus to a world that doesn’t deny Christ but hates Christ.

Nevertheless, if we look, no matter where we look, we can see God at work. The world hasn’t won the battle. The “Gospel Ship” isn’t shipwrecked. God still answers prayers. God still saves. The Bride of Christ is still listening for her call. Hearts are still open; lives are still changed; fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ is still sweet. God is still good. We, as followers of Jesus, can still sing, “It is well, with my soul.”

Photo by Torsten Dederichs on Unsplash

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A good life is like a good song

A Good Song - Sheet Music

A good life is like a good song. For a life made alive by Jesus, your song is even more complex and enthralling.

He imparts a rhythm within you, a steadiness, a protecting hand keeping you from being tossed about as the problems of life assail you.

Your melody rests upon that rhythm – birthdays, babies, baseball, and countless beginnings, each soaring high and resounding low comprising your tune. And the endings; pauses within your song; some you celebrate and some you mourn but all contribute to the melody of your life — unique yet similar to all.

The song of your life will likely change time signatures, keys and harmonies from family, friends, co-workers, employers, houses, locations and so many, many others, all adding richness and texture to your life’s song. However, a timing mistake, as your song plays out, impacts everyone. All struggle to regain their place, as do you.

Rests

The rests, pauses in a song, may be the most challenging aspect when performed, but those quiet moments bring out the song’s beauty and texture. For your song, and mine, I think God may have had this idea of ‘rests’ in mind when King David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote Psalms 27:14 (NIV):

Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.

It’s so difficult to wait – not procrastination but a wait directed by our Lord. It takes strength, and it takes heart to hold back until the exact time to burst forth with the rhythm, melody, and harmony of the song Christ Jesus desires for you. Wait and be strong. As your life unfolds, you can have the power of Jesus to perform your song. One that will be remembered for generations to come.

Photo by Lorenzo Spoleti on Unsplash

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