Being a ‘creative’ is certainly something that many millennials claim to be doing! With hundreds of creative studies, and social media platforms that share them, the world seems to be filled with creative opportunities.
Whether you’re new to exploring your artistic streak, or well into your creative expression, we wanted to provide three foundational findings to support your journey.
It’s a gift given to us
It’s really easy to forget that creativity is one of the gifts of the Spirit, because it’s not part of the common lists that are read out as examples. But it’s one of the first gifts given to people by God, really early on in the Bible...
In Exodus 31 we see Bezalel, among other men, given gifts in craftsmanship, design and embroidery, by the Holy Spirit. This is in order for him to create beautiful ornaments, garments and sacred structures. He’s basically able to work with any material in a really artistic way, from interior design to carpentry. This creative gift covers a whole range of processes that many people are gifted in using today.
One thing that’s really important to remember is that, if we want to do good with our creativity, we can look to God and ask him to give us the gift and develop it! Let’s not forget, it was the Holy Spirit who hovered, waiting to create and partner with God in the creation of the world.
It’s a team effort
One thing we love about the above example of Bezalel’s gift of creativity is that he doesn’t just go it alone. God brings a whole host of people to support the creativity that’s taking place, from people who donate materials, to those who help to create. One thing that really stood out to us, is that it wasn’t just those who were divinely gifted but those who were also ‘willing to work’.
The story continues in Exodus 36, where we see all hands on deck, and many people coming together to see God’s vision realised. For those of us who are running creative buisnesses,, studying as part of a group, or trying to plan a creative project, this is a hugely important point.
We can be open to accepting help and support from those who are eager to be involved in getting creative and seeing God’s work continue. We can ask and expect God to provide us with what we need.
It’s forward thinking
Our creativity should be pinned to a goal. We don’t say this to undermine the creative process of mistake making and expression, but we say it to spur on our reason for creating. Bezalel’s story may be slightly different to our own, in that He was called to build the physical dwelling place of God and provide the means for the priests to do their jobs. However, the driving force of our work can be the same - to see God’s glory made evident to those who see our work and witness our creative process.
Let’s remind ourselves why we are doing what we are doing, and double check that our intentions and vision align with what God wants to say through us. Once we have that, we can be confident that we are stepping in the right direction. When the Bible talks about God’s creative license, it often points to how He created us to create ways to point people back to Him.Ephesians 2:10 is a great reminder: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
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