Creativity As Part of the Christian Life

Creativity is a Christian Birthright

Beauty of God with Tulips
Many dream of being more creative. They are the kind of people who say they don't have a creative bone in their body, they can't draw a straight line with a ruler, and the creative genes passed them by. They long to be artistic, but fear they won't ever make the cut.

There is good news for those dreamers. According to the Word of God, they were destined to be creative. It's their birthright. It's in their DNA.

Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness...”' What does it mean to be made in the image of God? For one thing, it means humans were created to create. The Bible unfolds with a flourish of creativity as God assembles the universe and all that it contains. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) The greatest artist of all time unveils his handiwork in the very first sentence.

Later, in Isaiah 64:8, God likens Himself to a potter and to Christians as the clay. The same God who creates new sunrises every morning and blows His breath into delicate flower petals each spring, chooses to identify Himself as an artist.

If humans are made in the image of a creative God, where is all that creativity hiding? Many people have buried their creativity so deep, they don't even know it's there. It's time to become more child-like and give one's self permission play.

When children create, they are often lost in the moment, fully enjoying the act of creating. Their senses are wide open and they aren't critically judging the outcome. They're just enjoying the act of making something.

As children grow, they learn to be more critical and judgmental towards what they create. Often, the critical part overshadows everything else and their enjoyment diminishes. When this happens, it doesn't take long before a child abandons their creativity all together, lamenting that they just can't do it.

When the desire to create or be more creative comes, remember the Scripture confirming that all of God's children are made in His image. Give permission to explore creativity. Abandon fears and jump in to a project. Try something new. Take a class and learn an art or craft that's of interest. Suspend judgments to unbury some of that hidden talent.

Maybe that longing to create deep down inside is God helping his children become more like Him -- the most famous artist of all time. With genealogy like that, believers can learn to do anything!

Written by: Kerrie Hubbard