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Creativity of God

by Erik Momsen

The very first verse of the Bible describes God as creator and that by the command of His voice.  At the end of that same chapter God says, "Let us make man in our image and in our likeness ..."  The creator God made us to be creative beings.  Some social commentators have even stated that the violence we are seeing in our world is a produce of this creativity being stifled.  If humanity cannot be creative, we will be destructive.

The creativity I want to talk about is not that of paint and brush or interior decorating but a rediscovery of the purpose for which God made us.  God made us to make things and remake them.  He created us creative and re-creative.

Creativity abounded in Eden - with man given the job of studying all of creation and having use thereof.  The fall of humanity cut across that.  The garden was lost (we have been fighting over the garden ever since).  Jesus, our TREE OF LIFE, however starts the process of the New Creation and we are called His co-labourers (1 Corinthians 3:9).

"We will begin, then, with the creation of the world and with God its Maker, for the first fact that you must grasp is this: the renewal of creation has been wrought by the Self-same Word who made it in the beginning.  There is thus no inconsistency between creation and salvation; for the One Father has employed the same Agent for both works, effecting the salvation of the world through the Word who made it at the first."   4th Century Greek Father St. Athanasius

Jesus is the One through whom the heavens and earth were made.
John (1:3), "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."
Colossians (1:16) "By him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth... all things were created by him and for him... he is before all things, and in him all things hold together."
Hebrews (1:2-3) Jesus "appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word".

To grow close to Christ, to enter into discipleship in his kingdom, thus includes drawing close to the dynamic, creative center of the universe.

GROWING IN CREATIVITY

In the strictest sense only God creates, because he does so Ex nihilo - out of nothing.  As created beings we are able, with His help, to continue the creative and re-creative process.   Our "creativity"can however also be directed to gross darkness and herein is a warning.

1)  It all started with God's voice - it continues likewise.  It was by His voice that He created and also sustains the universe.  Our creativity is linked to hearing that voice.

2)  Where do I stop and God start? How much of God and how much of me?
God is completely self sufficient.  He needs us for nothing BUT loves to be with His people. Imagine a skilled craftsmen who allows and encourages his little grandson to "help him".  Hearts on both sides swell with pride and joy.  That's God.
We are never God's type-write.  The Bible is evidence of that.  All of Paul and Peter are on those pages but God shines through brilliantly.
After a solo a singer blushed with what seem like humility and said, "Oh that was not me, it was totally God".  Someone murmured, "It wasn't that good!"

3)  God expects our blood sweat and tears.  Paul is a prime example.  His own ministry was a mix of suffering and hardship and yet massive strides where taken for the Gospel and God broke through.

4)  Remember who made you and your gift.  The gift and the Giver and one.  It is not so much the quantity or even quality of the gift but that is is used.  Remember the parable of the talents!!!

5)  It is the love relationship that produces offspring.  The love of a man and woman for each other naturally produces a precious baby.  Your love relationship with God must reproduce.

6)  Creation in His spirit or from another spirit .

7)  5 % inspiration and 95 % perspiration.

WHAT CREATION & RE-CREATION IS NEEDED?

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Date Added: 2008-05-28

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