Today's guest post is from my friend from Alaska, Jason Stasyszen. Jason is a guy who loves Jesus, his wife, and his kids. He's also the pastor of Breakthrough Church in Juneau, AK. You can check out his blog at EndlessImpact.com where the goal is to connect with others in a conversation about life, service, and faith while connecting to God who is true Impact.
If you polled a random group of people, I'm sure some would say they were highly creative, some would say they were not creative at all, and some would probably say they fall in the middle.
If we rely on our own feelings or past experiences about the subject, we may find ourselves frustrated. As with anything, we are meant to define ourselves by God's word and character not by our perception of our abilities, skills, and creativity or by what others have told us all our lives. If He is creative, I must be creative because I was reborn into His life and Kingdom.
The Christian in even its earliest use and meaning was to be a “little Christ.” Jesus was not a go-with-the-flow kind of person. He was a reformer. He was a radical. He was passionate and compassionate. Lives changed as they came in contact with Him with His compassion and all the creativity of heaven. Why should it be any different for us?
We are all made in the image of God, the Creator. Everything about God is infinite—His power, love, wisdom, presence, and even creativity. To say we are not creative denies our Creator. The full potential of life, purpose, and creativity is unlocked by seeking Him and responding to His word.
So why do we see the disparity between those who claim to be creative and others?
I believe it's because some are more open to creativity than others and they know how to exercise it.
Pablo Picasso said, “All human beings are born with the same creative potential. Most people squander theirs away on a million superfluous things. I expend mine on one thing and one thing only: my art.” Maybe you have been as guilty as I have, and you have sometimes squandered your creativity or put it on the shelf for selfish or simply meaningless things. Imagine if we aligned our lives and the flow of His creativity completely with eternal values and His Kingdom being brought into the earth.
Whether its pastoring a church, building a business, staying home with the kids, teaching in a high school, working in a retail store, writing songs, having people over for dinner, whatever—we need to ask God for creativity in expressing His heart and purposes wherever we are. Instead of narrowing the focus of our creativity to just what we do, what if we really sought creativity to express who He has made us to be.
His Kingdom is bigger than a church building or a ministry; we are to express Kingdom creativity in every area and facet of our lives.
Have you considered yourself creative? Why or why not? What do you need divine creativity for in your life today?