In the Beginning…
there was Creativity
emanating from the Creator
…as constant today as in the Beginning.
He didn’t stop with our creation. He can’t.
It’s a core attribute of His very being, driven by His infinite love.
When God created us in His image, He genetically infused us with His own creativity.
The very first thing God asked Adam to do required creativity. Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name (Gn. 2:19 NIV). That one phrase, to see what he would name them, tells us much about the nature of God and the nature of human beings created in His image.
God told Moses, See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs (Ex. 31:2-4 NRSV).
Our Creator has endowed each of us with different facets of His creative spirit for a specific purpose. Like a prism, His white light passes through us giving each of us a unique color. A dimension of His creative spirit is given to us to devise artistic designs, whether they be with paint on canvas, through the lens of a camera, sounds, words or ideas. And He presents opportunities to see how we will use our creative spirit to honor Him and serve others. Our purpose is not hidden in some dark shrouded mystery. The Creator expects us to create using His divine spirit, taking the leap from knowledge and ability to devising artistic designs that serve others and bring honor to Him.
This genetic infusion of God’s creative spirit is the foundation of the enigmatic miracle that happens every time we create using the unique skill set that the Creator provides. At that inspired moment, the Spirit of God enables our creative spirit to take the idea, a concept without form, create an original and unique path from within, and then manifest it outwardly. The Creator must take great pleasure watching creatures He made in His image creatively express themselves through the gifts He placed in each one of them. He delights to see what (we) will create through this collaborative process.