All About Releasing Creativity

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

FOUNDATIONS


By definition, “Creativity” is the use of imagination or original ideas to create something. But where does creativity even begin? The foundations of creativity were laid at the very beginning of time when God created – The heavens, the earth, day, night, fish in the sea, bird of the air… The only creation that inherited His creativity is man… you and I. 


Genesis 1:26-28 says, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’” 


Bearing God’s image implies bearing His creative heart, offering you and me creative dominion, the idea that your creativity is linked to your authority, influence, and favor. 


The scripture reference leads us to understand some key aspects about man’s inheritance of God’s own creativity. 


1. Creativity is not a gift that some have and others do not. It is not a gift, or a feeling, or a mood. Creativity is a manifestation of the divine nature within you. The implications of this are huge! If creativity comes from the divine nature then it is always available, and demonstrated in three virtues: Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge.

 


Each one of these three virtues contributes significantly to the creative process as seen in Proverbs:


Proverbs 3:18-20 and 24:3-4


By wisdom a house is built, (ingenuity)


and through understanding it is established; (Sustainability)


through knowledge its rooms are filled (Profitability)


with rare and beautiful treasures.


Where are these virtues found and increased?


Proverbs 9:10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.


Colossians 1:9: For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. 


2. Creativity and stewardship go hand in hand. It only has authority when it takes responsibility. Ideas and innovations that are not acted on forfeit their God-given authority to shape and influence culture. God is all about stewardship. Creativity is not something you wait on - it is something you stir up.


3. You are creative because you are made in the image of the Creator. Creativity is not limited to the arts or artisans! God is a genius on every subject and every subject is under the influence of his/your creativity. Christ is the source of all wisdom and knowledge in every field (Colossians 2:2-3). He is the Way, the Truth (all truth), and the life (John 14:6).


You are creative! You don’t have to be artsy or musical. Creativity is your heritage and your nature and God is interested in your field of occupation, hobby, and interest. 


You are created because someone else was creative.