Let God Unlock Your Creativity
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.
Your Gift Is Not My Gift
“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.
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.
Sharpening Your Gift into a Skill
It is apparent that some people are more easily able to tap into their natural gifting than others. And the more often a skill is used the more developed it becomes. When a person with natural ability puts forth effort to develop their skills, their talents and gifts become more evident. By comparison, a person who lacks natural affinity for that gift and thus never applied it or developed it, appears to be less talented.
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. Truly, a person who didn’t appear to be a natural at something can surpass the person who, though talented, did not put time and effort into developing skills.
Biblical Proof of Your Creativity
The Bible is full of proof that God endows man with creativity. Review the following biblical passages by clicking on the verse:
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.
What Is Your Answer?
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!