We were made by a creative Creator, the ultimate Designer, Artist, Crafter, and Maker. Being made in God’s image, He has given us various creative abilities as well and God is pleased when we use these gifts of creativity to worship and glory Him. Are all of us given creative abilities? How can we use creativity to glorify God, and why should we?
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
I often hear people claim they are not creative, or that there is not a single creative bone in their body, but creativity comes in countless forms and is a gift from God. God is the source of all creativity. None of it can be attributed to ourselves, but we are responsible for what we choose to do with these skills we have been given.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.
Creativity is not always in elaborate painting, writing poetry, singing songs, or strumming an instrument. Creativity is embedded in all that we do. To be creative is a part of all of our lives. As God is the ultimate Creator, He grants each person skills according to the work He gives each of us to do, and it all requires some form of creativity.
Stay at Home Moms use a variety of creative skills to manage their household, raise their children, prepare meals, organize the home, and more.
Salespeople use creative thinking and methods to learn the ins and outs of various products, technologies, and more in order to help their customers find the products that are right for them.
Scientists and Mathematicians use their skills with numbers and formulas to create medicines, design new technologies, prepare and implement space travel, forecast the weather, and so much more.
Pastors use speaking, writing, reading, research, the study of languages, and other various creative skills to plan and prepare sermons that strategically teach Biblical messages.
The Engineers, Technicians, Janitors, Plumbers, and Builders all use intricate creative skills to plan, prepare, and accomplish their works.
31 He has filled him with God’s Spirit, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in every kind of craft 32 to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze, 33 to cut gemstones for mounting, and to carve wood for work in every kind of artistic craft.
We all have creative abilities, yet we so often fail to see the artistry in those abilities. No matter what your profession, hobbies, or calling God has bestowed some form of creativity in you, to use to bring Him glory.
Glorify God with the skills He has given you
How can the Stay at Home Mom, the Salesperson, Scientists, Mathematicians, and each person, no matter hobby, profession, or calling, glorify God with creativity? We are called to do all that we do for the Lord. Whatever we do should be done as to God, versus people.
23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
For me, I have loved writing since I was a kid and now God has called me to use my writing to share Bible studies with the world. I love graphic design, making planners, journals, stickers, and more and I get to use those to create images, wallpapers,Christian planners, Prayer journals, and Bible study journals that help draw people closer to Jesus and encourage them in faith. I love to play Elder Scrolls Online, and I get to be creative in running a community of Christian gamers.
What areas of your life have you not recognized as an opportunity to be creative?
What tasks in your life have you neglected to use to glorify God?
Every area of our lives is filled with opportunities to be creative for the Lord, and therefore to glorify God and benefit His Kingdom. Just like we glorify God through serving others,we glorify God when we use our creativity to serve Him and further His Kingdom. We can serve, worship, and bring glory to God when we use what we have for Him.
Prayerfully get creative for the Creator
In order to give our work to God, we must center our lives on Him and grow in our personal relationships with Him. We must have healthy communication with God in order to know where He is leading and calling us to serve and glorify Him. Prayer is essential to keeping ourselves, and our lives, aligned with God.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray constantly, 18 give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Before I embark on a task I pray over how to best serve and glorify God with it and encourage others to do likewise. I approach every task with the intention to give it to God, whether it be helping my kiddo with math, cleaning my home, making meals, studying scripture, making new planner designs or wallpapers, or anything else I do.
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.
Keeping a faith planner and prayer journal has helped me immensely to align my days with God through prayer, God’s Word, and seeking God’s counsel every single day. I set my month up ahead, pray over what God has prepared for me, and then lay out each week through prayer, scripture, and strategic planning. In this way I am able to organize my tasks, am reminded to pray over each to-do, pray every morning, read scripture every day, and plan realistically. This has helped me get my tasks in order so that I can better serve and glorify God with my time and the tasks at hand.
All that we do should be done to bring God glory, which includes the various skills, talents, and creative abilities He has blessed us with. What we have is not our own. The skills we have are not merely for our own sake and benefit. Everything we have, and all that we are, we should use to bring glory to God and draw others closer to Him and His Truth, expanding His Kingdom, and doing His will in this life.
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
The life of every Christian should be filled with the intention to glorify God in all that we do. We are called to serve, worship, glorify and, above all, love Him. There are many ways to glorify God in practical everyday ways, which often feels easier said than done. Today we will focus on one way that should take a front-row seat in the daily lives of Christians. How do we glorify God through acts of service, and why should we?
13 For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity[a] for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
When we have faith in Jesus, we get to participate in God’s plan to bring the truth to every corner of the world. This is a massive act of service in itself and should be taken on as a joyous honor to serve God in this extraordinary way.
Serve the Lord by serving others
By bringing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others we are participating in incredible acts of service to those who hear it as well as to God. Not only telling others about the Gospel but also living in a manner worthy of the Gospel is an act of service.
27 Just one thing: As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, in one accord,[a] contending together for the faith of the gospel, 28 not being frightened in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of destruction for them, but of your salvation—and this is from God.
When we live obediently to the will of God, with Christ as our example, using our freedom to love and serve others as Christ would, we will bear the fruits of the Spirit in our relationships with others and seek to serve others above ourselves. Our freedom in Christ should not be used selfishly, but selflessly.
40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
Through serving others, we are serving God, and through serving God we bring Him glory. In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus explains that whatever we do to others, we do to Him also. This is an important lesson that we should treat others not only as we would want to be treated, but treat others as Christ. Every person is an image-bearer of Christ, and all are offered the very same free gift of salvation. Christ died for every person and we should be serving them in this manner, with and through the love of Christ.
Let the Holy Spirit guide your acts of service
By accepting Jesus as our Savior in faith, we become set apart for God and to God and are given God’s Holy Spirit as a guide for right living. We learn how to live as followers of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit teaches us also how to live a life of service.
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Acts of service don’t come naturally, but we can trust God’s promise that He has given us a guide for our life. God will work in us, transforming us from the inside out, to become more like Christ all the time. As we read and study His Word, grow in our personal relationship with Him through prayer, and turn to Him more and more through all of life’s circumstances we will find God’s Spirit leading, strengthening, reminding, and guiding us.
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Each person will have a unique relationship with God, will be given their unique set of gifts, skills, and circumstances to use for the unique callings which God will give them. We must trust the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit and lean deeper into God through prayer, His Word, and also His people, and be obedient when He calls us to an act of service, knowing it is to Him as well as to others.
Acts of service should be done in love
Through our personal relationship with God, His Holy Spirit, His Word, prayer, and fellowship we learn the ways in which we are called to live to glorify God. We begin to live as Christ, see others the way He does, and treat them with love as God defines love.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, 5 is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. 6 Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
By living in obedience to God, we should serve Him willingly and in love. Through serving God and others we should begin to bear fruit in our lives, the fruits of God’s Spirit. This happens naturally as evidence of our faith. Living obediently in love should lead to a desire to serve others, not putting yourself first but putting God and His Kingdom first, and His will for your life above your own.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.[a]
Serve because of Christ’s greatest act of service for our sakes
Through acts of service, we glorify God.By surrendering to Jesus in faith, we receive salvation and are given the Holy Spirit as a guide for our lives. We learn to live as Christ, serve God by serving others as He calls us to, and share the truth of Jesus out of love and a desire to serve the Kingdom by increasing it.
45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”[a]
With Christ as our ultimate example and model for our life, we can’t help but live a life full of service. Willing and joyful acts of service help to increase our own faith, understanding, and relationship with the Lord and also serves to increase the Kingdom of God and encourage others in faith. We should always be ready to use what God has blessed us with to serve others and to serve God and His Kingdom. It all belongs to God, and we should willingly and readily use it for His purposes.
10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
If you have not accepted the grace of God and chosen to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I encourage you to pray to God now and invite Him in, accept Jesus as the sacrifice for your sins, and repent of your sins. Submit it all to God, lay it at His feet, seek the forgiveness of God, welcome Him into your life, and believe that Jesus died and rose again to save you from your sins.
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