CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
You are made in the image of the Creator of the world.
When God created you, in His image, He saw that you were good. He was pleased with His creation. He was pleased with you.
When I read Genesis 1:27: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them,” I read it too quickly. I’ve heard it so many times. In some ways, the verse loses its significance to me.
I do this with a lot of Bible verses. I need to stop, slow down and look at the words again. Analyze their true meaning. What does it mean to be created in the image of the God of the universe?
To be created in the image of God is to have an immense capacity for goodness and graciousness. It is to bear fruits of the Spirit, like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and self-control. It is to possess free will and the power of choice, to command creation in a way no other plant or animal can.
CALLED TO CREATE
To be created in the image of God is to be created in the image of the Creator Himself. In other words: you were created to create — yet so much of our time is spent consuming. We consume movies and advertisements and books and radio shows. You’re consuming this blog post right now. We spend so much of our time consuming that sometimes, we forget to create.
You might say, “Well, I’m not very creative. I’m not an artist.”
Guess what? I’m not exactly an artist either – not in the traditional sense of the word, at least. I’m just a person who loves words, and who loves putting them together to make something meaningful. You might not love words, but I bet God has given you some other love or gift that you can use to create.
Creators make music. They play instruments or use their voices in song.
Creators teach. They make lesson plans and make up games to be used in the classroom.
Creators build. They design bridges and construct homes.
Creators act. They put together movies, musicals, plays, and skits. They make people laugh.
Creators study. They research new discoveries and build new theories.
You may think you’re not a creator but take a look at your life. What are some ways you spend your time that involve action and the creation of a new thing? Perhaps you have a creator’s hobby, or even a creator’s occupation. That’s great! Expand on your art. Create, as God created you.
And never forget … you are “onederfully” created.
How Faith Inspires Creativity first published at BeccaWierwille.com on March 13, 2019. Used with permission.
Becca is a writer and kindergarten teacher living in Pennsylvania with her husband Seth and their dog Georgia. Becca’s short stories for children and devotions have been featured in numerous magazines and other publications. She writes middle-grade novels as reminders that we are created one-of-a-kind to live in hope, love, and unity. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Word Weavers International. Visit Becca at beccawierwille.com to learn more.
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