Lewis Barrett Lehrman, author.
I would add that God alone truly forms something out of nothing. However, as creative beings we are blessed with the ability to create things that are beautiful, wonderful, and or useful from basic ingredients. Have you seen and tasted a cake made by Flour, sugar, milk and eggs – but wow, what a delight for the eyes and palette. Creativity!
Creativity is included in almost every field of human endeavor. It is not reserved for artists, musicians, writers and actors.
Why do we create? We are creative beings made in the image of God. Why did God give us this wonderful gift called creativity? First, because God loves to give his beloved children gifts. God gives us creativity, in part, is just to enjoy. It’s a good and gracious gift from a loving Heavenly Father that desires to lavish His sons and daughters with good things.
The third reason we are given the gift of creativity is to give God glory.God’s creative acts declare His power and glory. When we create, and honor Him with the talents and abilities God has given us, we reflect His power and glory. We have the opportunity to communicate to a hurting world the very real love of a Savior who loves them.
My favorite living artist, from Minnesotasays this: “Art is a powerful means of communication. The greater the work of art, the greater potential it has for good or evil. Art can reinforce a world-view. It can give credibility and emotional expressive power. Works of art can be a powerful avenue for propaganda and the dissemination of truth or error.”
Our desire to serve God with our creativity and our ideas of success are different than the world around us. Our talents were not given to us to draw attention to ourselves. They are for the benefit of others and for the glory of God. Rory Noland says this: “First Peter 5:5 tells us to clothe ourselves with humility toward one another. We are to abandon any thoughts of superiority that would cause us to think that we deserve special treatment above others. Arrogance has no place in the heart of the Christian artist.”
There are opportunities to celebrate and develop the God given gift of creativity in our community and in our church. If you are stirred by the thought of devoting a season of time to expanding your horizons in the area of creativity I really encourage you to do so.
Worship Leader of Willow Creek Church in Chicago, Rory Noland, reminds us: “We can’t be concerned about the arts in the church without being concerned about the lives of the artists in the church. Our character as church artists, our walk with Christ, our spiritual growth are all a vital part of creating the kind of ministry experience in which God unleashes the power of His Holy Spirit. We need artist in the church who are known not only for their talent but also for their walk with Christ.”