Let God Unlock Your Creativity
Perhaps the greatest proof that all mankind is creative is this: Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Now, if we are created in the image of The Creator, then that means that we are creative. Whether we ever explore or let God unlock our creativity is more the issue than whether we are in fact creative.
“Over my head, I hear music: I hear music in the air. There must be a God somewhere…” That’s the song I began to sing for the newly hired musician of the church that I was attending. He wanted each member of the children’s choir to sing a song so he could determine whether we were altos or sopranos. I got no further than “somewhere” when he cut me off and told me that I wouldn’t be leading any solos and called the next child forward. That episode is still so clear to me now because it was then that I realized that I could not sing. Before then I had never considered how my singing voice sounded in comparison to anyone else’s. But the next child who stepped forward sang the same song and he allowed her to finish. She had a pretty, clear soprano voice; and listening to her solidified my assurance that singing wasn’t something that I should ever do in public.
So why can some people open their mouths and beautiful melodies float into the air while others cause babies to cry when they try to sing? (I witnessed this in a pre-school classroom—it really wasn’t me singing, I promise.) Why are some people able to create masterpieces of art while others struggle to draw a straight line? Some people use words so powerfully and beautifully that they engage all five senses from a flat piece of paper, yet there are those who struggle with constructing a simple sentence.
I have a friend, Pam, who I believe could truly spin yarn into gold. She has been knitting, crocheting, and sewing for so long, that she makes flawless pieces of functional art. Check out her creations by visiting this link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PBStitches. But a picture cannot do justice to how well-crafted her items are; you must acquire her work to really see how impeccable her craftsmanship is. I love to draw. As far back as I can remember I have always sketched or doodled on something: paper, napkins, on the sidewalk, on a chalkboard, in the dirt. So, because drawing took little effort and because I sketched on a regular basis, drawing is easy for me. My mother can sing. When I was a child she sang all the time, often it seemed without her being aware that she was doing it. Music just flowed from her. I, as mentioned earlier, did not get one tiny chromosome of her singing DNA, but my daughter did. When she thinks no one is listening, she’ll belt out a tune and stop me in my tracks. I sneak up to her door and listen and skitter away when she seems to sense that her private concert has an unwelcomed attendee.
It is apparent that some people are more easily able to tap into their natural gifting than others. And usually, people enjoy activities that come naturally to them; so, it stands to reason that people who enjoy doing something and discover that they don’t have to try as hard to do it will do that something more regularly than someone who struggles with that same ability. And naturally, the more often a skill is used the more developed it becomes; therefore, when a person with natural ability puts forth effort to develop their gift, they appear to be skilled and talented in comparison to a person who lacks natural affinity for that gift and therefore never applied it or developed it.
However, I believe that everyone is endowed with creativity. What often separates people who master their craft from those who wrongly believed that God skipped over them when He passed out talent is simply hard work and preparation. Consider the following verses from the Bible: Ecclesiastes 10:10 “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.” And Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
Undoubtedly, having a natural talent makes it easier initially for one to appear to be more gifted than another who doesn’t possess easy access to a creative expression. But under the right conditions, with the proper attitude and determination, with hard work and practice, a talent can be unlocked, and a person who didn’t appear to be a natural at something can surpass the person who had ready access to their talent.
The Bible is full of proof that God endows man with creativity. Consider the following (click on the link or scroll to the bottom to see the full passages):
These are but a few of the scriptures and historical evidence in the Bible that God is directly involved in mankind’s ability to create. So here are a few questions for you:
- What talent do you wish you had?
- What talent do you have that you wish you had more time to pursue?
- Do you believe that you can unlock your creative potential by developing skills through prayer, practice and application?
- Do you know that you are created by The Creator and, therefore, believe you are creative?
- And do you know that God can powerfully use what He has given you if you will only commit your desire to create to Him?
God can unlock your ability to create and can use what He has given you in ways that you cannot begin to imagine. Ephesians 3:20-21: Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. That says it best, so I’ll just second that: Amen!
- Exodus 31:1-6 Then theLord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. 6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you…
- Exodus 35:30-35 30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, theLord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach 35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.
- 1 Chronicles 25:6-7 All theseLevites sang at the Lord’s temple under the direction of their fathers Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman. They played cymbals, lyres, and harps for worship in God’s temple under the direction of the king. 7 They, along with their relatives, were trained, skilled musicians for the Lord.
- 1 Kings 7:13-14 13 King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram,[g]14 whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali and whose father was from Tyre and a skilled craftsman in bronze. Huram was filled with wisdom, with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him.
- Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.