When God made humans, he made us creative. Everyone has served or is serving a specific purpose in His story, and we see this from the very beginning of the Bible. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” We are created to reflect our creator. He’s the most marvelous artist ever to exist, and we’re the ones who are called to reflect that! It’s a high calling. We need not fret, however. We have the image of God inside of us, so it’s not a task at all. Because the image of God is inside of us, we don’t have to worry about not having creativity; we have it undoubtedly.

We often classify creativity as merely having the ability to create something new, but our creative minds come alive in daily menial tasks. You were designed to glorify God and live your life as a testimony by using the gifts that God has given to you. You don’t have to be making art to be creative and to lift up our God. What is ultimately required in creativity is hard work, passion, faithfulness and commitment to excellence.

Where Your Creativity Comes From

You have been given purpose, skills, and gifts that can be used to glorify our Creator. Whether it’s through visual art, music, video production, sculpting, etc., you’ve been gifted. How will you steward this gift? With laziness? I don’t think you would, not if you fully understood who gave you this talent.

We often think in our minds that *we* gained a skill, *we* became great artists, or *we* grew intelligent but isn’t that God’s work? Because all good things are a gift from God above, we ought to be good stewards who don’t waste talents and keep them hidden. Oh, how passionate we would be if we knew of the magnificent power of our God. Oh, how passionate we would be if we knew the impact of our creativity. You were made with a specific purpose, and it’s part of God’s plan. That should inspire you and spark a desire in your heart to live well and serve Him to your fullest.

A Caution to Burnout

Before you throw yourself into every local project and devoid yourself of any free time, consider that God does indeed call us to work hard, but he also calls us to rest. What an essential component of our creativity! Matthew 11:28-30 says, “28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

In Jesus Christ, we receive rest from our weariness, and though our calling is great, we can rest in the fact that what God purposes, he will bring to fruition. What he deploys, he will nourish. This allows us to take a break, enjoy His creation, and not drown in workloads. In God, we’re called to a life of balance. A life between overworking ourselves and spending all of our time on the couch.

A Call to Excellence

What we are gifted in, we have been called to the highest excellence. We aren’t to provide our creator with merely average results. If you are an artist and are competing in the Engage Art contest, God is looking for you to make something that truly glorifies Him. Your creativity is worship of our Creator. It’s what you were made to do; to reflect the One who created it all. The One who will give you purpose, forgiveness, and love. If I were creating for someone that glorious, I’d give it everything I had.