I heard something this week, which I thought was so true. Now sadly I was unable to write down the exact words, but the phrase was something to this extent, “Creativity stems from the unestablished.” That word unestablished is so key. Things that are not established have room to be changed.
God is creative. He made the earth and everything in it, and he did it all in six days. When God created the universe there was nothing; we are told “the earth was without form and void, and darkness…” (Genesis 1:2a) It was like God had a blank canvas, he could make whatever he wanted and how ever he wanted. And if we take the time to look at creation we can see the imagination of our creative God. And he placed that creativity inside each one of us.
We are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), which does not only mean that our forms are similar to his, but he also gave us some of his characteristics and personality. It’s like any father passing down certain traits to his children. One of those traits is that we are created to create and be creative. The really cool thing is that we are all made to be different, ant there is purpose in that.
The world we live in is full of darkness. There are so many problems and needs, that not one person can help them all. It’s funny how sometimes we look to God and ask him, “God if you are so good, why aren’t you doing something?” His response to that is, “I gave the world – you.” He created us to help, to be lights, to be salt; he didn’t create us to simply live and watch life pass as we hope that somehow everything will fit together perfectly and that life will change. He wants us to use the gifts he has given us to be creative in how we reach people and share the light.
I am one person of approximately 7.4 billion, my passions, and my arms can stretch only so far. But God has given me these passions, desires, dreams, and gifts to help me be a life changer in his name. Not everyone lives the life that I live (I mean my apartment would get even smaller than it is if that were the case.) But you know what the awesome thing about that is? We all have a part to play in each other’s lives. I am the light where maybe you can’t be, but in turn you can be a light to those where I can’t be.
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Have you ever noticed how Jesus tells the disciples to go and make disciples but he doesn’t tell them how? I’m sure the disciples (after the shock wore off that Jesus was gone) were thinking, “Great, we know what to do, but how are we supposed to do that?!” And if we look at the ministries of the apostles we can see that they were all diverse.
The method in which we spread the gospel can be changed. This means that we are able to be creative in how we share the good news; the method is not established, but the message is. So whether you are good with numbers, speaking, drawing, organizing, etc. you have been given the ability to create, to be creative. I think that sometimes we put ourselves into small boxes and divide the creative from those who we deem not creative, but in reality we all are creative in our own way. Image of God, remember?
So let’s stretch out our arms together, in this way we can reach farther. Let’s mess with the methods, because if Jesus didn’t establish a method, why should we? Let’s be relevant to those we are trying to reach and not try to make them relevant to the method. But in doing so we will never change the sacred message that has been given to us.
It is time to be creative, to create ways to stretch out our arms. It is time to see that we all have a part to play and that the artistic people are not the only creative people. God has entrusted us all with this task of spreading the news and reaching out our hands to the world, not one of us is more important than the other.