‘So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God, He created them; male and female He created them.’ Genesis 1:27 NLT
Why do we celebrate the birth of our children? Because we helped to create something that bears part of our image. In doing so, we reflect God’s own creativity. The famous American football coach Vince Lombardi said, ‘The joy is in creating, not maintaining.’
It’s a mistake to believe that God is only interested in ‘spiritual things’ and not ‘secular’ things. Yes, we must grow spiritually. But we must also use the gifts He’s given us to fulfil His purpose here on the earth, and to bless others.
You don’t have to be rich or have a high IQ in order to be creative. You could be a creative hairstylist, or come up with a new recipe, or create a job opportunity for prisoners by which they rebuild their lives. That’s not just secular, that’s spiritual! You’ll notice that the cross has two posts: vertical and horizontal. The vertical post represents your relationship with God, what He wants to do for you and what He wants you to do for Him. The horizontal post represents what He’s called us to do for each other. You say, ‘But I’m not very creative.’
Once you discover your God-given gift, it will release your creativity. Paul writes, ‘Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them.’ (Romans 12:6 NKJV) Stop putting yourself down just because you are not as creative as you’d like to be. Creative thinking isn’t necessarily original thinking. In fact, people aggrandise original thought. Most often, creative thinking is a composite of other people’s thoughts discovered along the way. So the word for today is—be creative.
SoulFood: Gen 37–39, Matt 20:29–34, Ps 136:1–12, Pr 6:30–31
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023