Saturday, 7 June 2014

Creatively glorifying God

I borrowed the title of this post from the new blog by Simon Clay who is a member of my church.  He wrote about Bezalel & Oholiab and the creative skills that God had given them.

Simon mentions that we are creative beings because we are made in the image of God and he is the 'Ultimate Creator'.

Don't believe that you are creative!?!  Look at these Bible verses.

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.

Genesis 9:6
for in the image of God has God made mankind.

So we were all made in the image of God - therefore we have the characteristics of God.
Deuteronomy 32:6
Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?

Isaiah 40:28
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

We are made in the image of a Creator God - he is creative. Therefore we are creative.

And God gives creative skills to us
Exodus 35:35
He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.

Read Exodus 35:4-35 and Exodus 36

But creativity doesn't just mean arts and crafts.  It means graphic design, cookery, home-making, writing - in fact anything where you start with nothing or some bits and pieces and make something else entirely new.

You can find the verses above quoted in the MadeTribe Prompt 2.

I made this piece of textile art some years ago.  I called it The Prophet's Mantle.

It was inspired by these verses: Exodus 39:24-26
They made pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen around the hem of the robe. And they made bells of pure gold and attached them around the hem between the pomegranates. The bells and pomegranates alternated around the hem of the robe to be worn for ministering, as the Lord commanded Moses.

How can you respond to the gifting that God has given you?

See you soon

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