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Imagination is the imageness of God in us.

[/ultimate_heading][us_separator height=”20px” size=”custom”][us_sharing providers=”email,facebook,twitter,gplus”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]You’ve perhaps used this phrase or you’ve heard others say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.”  But, this simply isn’t true. Every bone in your body is creative, because you’re created by God and made in his image. Bearing God’s image as a human being includes many aspects of God’s character. Our definition of creativity might simply be too small. Consider these stories:

Then the heads of fathers’ households of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites arose, even everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up and rebuild the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem.  All those about them encouraged them with articles of silver, with gold, with goods, with cattle and with valuables, aside from all that was given as a freewill offering. – Ezra 1:5- 6  (NASB)

Then Moses said to the people of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, 32 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, 33 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft. 34 And he has inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer. – Exodus 35:30-35 

God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them (Psalm 89:11). Even though God created from nothing, man can create with available resources. And, God stirs up creativity in those willing to be his image bearers. Many times in Scripture, God gives people opportunity to express themselves  creatively. Adam named the animals and cultivated the garden (Genesis 1-3) Noah built the ark (Genesis 6:13-22), Bezalel fashioned the tent of meeting  (Exodus 35:38-20), Ithamar led the direction, craftsmen, embroiderers of the temple (Exodus 38:21-39:42), Paul creatively administers ministry tasks ( Acts 3:5-16) and Jesus’ used masterful imagination for storytelling, for speaking in parables, and for revealing nuggets of kingdom truth (Matthew 13:1-17).

Just as God expresses his creativity in many different ways, you can too. You’re made in God’s image, so you’re designed to be creative too. Just as God stirs up creativity in others, he stirs it up in you too. This is an exciting discovery process. Are you willing? Try different things, different ways, take classes, talk to people, explore your surroundings. Ask God in prayer about a creative expression for you. God is infinite, so are the possibilities. Give yourself permission to discover the creativity given to you by God. Today, try something creative and share it with someone!

 

Imagination is the imageness of God in us.
-Joseph Pearce

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By Donna Burns

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