“I don’t have a creative bone in my body.”
Many people think that they just aren’t creative. However, the reality is that everyone was created by God with the ability to be creative.
“I want to look at creativity in light of my understanding of God.”
Ken Wytsma, President of Kilns College looks at creativity in light of our understanding of God. There are three elements in this theology of creativity.
1. Why we create.
“We are creative because we were created in the image of a creative God.”
2. God’s ongoing creativity
“God created in the past, is creating, and will create in the future. Often we think that God created the heavens and the earth period. We think everything is like a watch, it’s just wound up and it’s just going.”
God hasn’t just created the world to let it go, He is sovereign over and has created everything, even those that which we fear.
“It is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc.” Isaiah 54:16
God created all things, and he continues to create all things.
“So it’s a really fascinating thing God created the banker who holds your loan. He created your enemy who you are living in apprehension of. It is just kind of His way of saying, ‘I’m still actively involved in this World creating things and making them good.’ Then God will create the new heavens and the new earth.”
3. God created space for life
“When God first went to make man, the first act of creativity was to make space for life. When God wanted people, men and women, that He could be in relationship with He separated the light from the dark, the Earth from the sea. He basically made space for life to flourish.”
In order for creativity to exist, there must be space for creativity.
“Much like a painter stretches a blank canvas before they paint, the first creative act is always creating a space in which life can flourish.”
God is still creating and wants to use us to create for Him. Ask God to show you how He has equipped you to be creative as you wait for Him to bring you home to the new heavens and the new earth.