You are God’s masterpiece
“But I’m not creative.” How many times have you heard someone say that? How many times have you said it yourself? Guess what? You are creative. We all are, because we are made in the image of God, who is the original creative genius.
How does the Bible begin? It begins just like a story. God is writing a poem. God is expressing his creativity. God is making something beautiful in the physical, material realm that is an expression of the beauty in his heart. Our God is a poet. Our God is a creative genius. Our God is a creator who speaks beauty into being. In the beginning God spoke the poem of his heart, and that speaking became the heavens and the earth. God spoke, and brought order out of chaos. God spoke, and displaced darkness with light. God spoke, and filled emptiness with beauty.
What is the rhythm of this story? God said . . . and it was. Then there is his description of what he made, “And God saw that it was good.” God took delight in the beauty and order he spoke into existence, in his creative expression. God was profoundly pleased with his poem.
Of man alone in all of God’s creative array, is it said that God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and he became a living being.” We are dust of the earth containing the breath of God. Before the man did anything else, God welcomed him into his poem and asked him to be a poet himself. God brought to the man every living creature, and whatever the man called each one, that was its name. God invited the man into a genuine creative partnership.
God declares through his apostle Paul that each of us is his handiwork. So, even if you feel like you have no poetic or creative gifts, God says that you are his poem, his masterpiece. How you express that creativity is by living the life he has set before you. As one author said in a recent interview, “Our life is supposed to be our greatest work of art. If you have a mundane job, what you can do is live your life as a life of love. And if you begin to engage every relationship and every moment in your life as an expression of creating something that is beautiful and good and true, you will make your life a work of art.”
As my sister recently reminded me, in the midst of very painful circumstances she and some friends were experiencing, “Love anyway.” That is living a life of creativity. It may not look like what we traditionally call art, but it is a beautiful, if at times painful, expression of God’s heart in this world. We may never have the answers we seek. Love anyway. We may never see ourselves as poets and creators. Love anyway. We may never have the opportunity to make something with our hands that we would call art. Love anyway.
You are God’s poem. You are God’s masterpiece. You are God’s co-creator. He has given you your daily life, with all its circumstances, situations, relationships, opportunities, trials and difficulties, as the canvas upon which the breath of God in you brings beauty into the world.