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Life, creativity, and ministry

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” [Genesis 1:1].

Just look at what God created through His sovereign hand and miraculous, omnipotent power: The heavens, the earth, light, day, night, water, land, nature, sun, stars, moon, living creatures [according to their kind], and man. Not too shabby for only six days of work!

After all of this was completed, what did God say about the things that He created? Was it just okay? Did God simply say, “Well, it could have been better; I guess this will just have to do?” — No! Instead, He said, “…and behold, it was VERY good” [Genesis 1:31].

Life. Creativity. Ministry. This is an intersecting framework that we can’t [and shouldn’t] ignore, especially as Christians.  Yet, we tend to compartmentalize these things and not really think about how they encompass one another.

We are given life and 24 hours each day to use [or lose], so what are we going to do with it? I truly believe that we were created in order to be proactively creative! Doesn’t that sound much better than “you were created for unproductive and useless monotony?

Now, some might suggest that they don’t have a creative bone in their body. I get that frustration, to a point. However, I would suggest differently. After all, scripture states that we were created in the image of God [Genesis 1:27] and look how creative He is.

That being said, I would further argue that being image-bearers for God would also grant us communicable attributes [i.e. creativity] exemplified by God…though, on a much more human scale, that is. God is creative so why shouldn’t we be as well?

Okay, so we’ve been given life and we are to be creative, but then what do we do with that? Do we just create awesome things that build us up and bring us into the spotlight? Are we to fish for that endorphin-pumping “Atta-boy,” Facebook “Like,” or more subscribers to our blog?

Scripture quickly reminds us that the things we do should not be about us and for our glory. Instead, we are created and called to do things for God’s purposes that bring Him the glory [Isaiah 43:7]!

Ephesians 1:11-12 [ESV] states, “11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.”

John Piper writes, “If you are God, your work is to create out of nothing. If you are not God, but like God — that is, if you are human — your work is to take what God has made and shape it and use it to make him look great.” (Don’t Waste Your Life, 139)

1 Peter 4:10-11 gives us our marching orders: “10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

I served with Cru on the Research and Development [R&D] Innovation Team and I worked with a lot of creative people. I mean, my co-workers were so creative they can even turn Ramen Noodles into a work of art!  One day I was thinking about the vast amount of creativity within our team and wrote the following about what I observed about them:

Creatives creating creations in order to create creative ways to connect people to Jesus Christ, creatively.

Now, I know that play-on-words sounds hokey, but it’s true!  We are to live and be creative in order to have the things we do point others to God, for His glory. Pointing others to God; in other words, ministry! — This is what I want to reflect in my life. Maybe you want it for your life too.

God bless,
Will Hoyler

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