by Chad Waller
Lead Pastor of Vc2 Tennille, GA
Author of "Ash Sculpting" and "Synergize"
Owner of Waller-Hill Publishing
Creativity is seen by some as a gift only a few have. Often I have heard people lament about their lack of creativity while praising someone else who seemingly had an overflow of it. However, I do not believe this is the truth. Perhaps people confuse artistic abilities and creative abilities. The first, admittedly only some have; but the latter, creativity, I believe we all have. Allow me to explain my point.
In Genesis we read the creation story and we are told that God made us in His image. We were created and then given a command, “Be fruitful and multiple...” (Genesis 1:28) This command has often been seen as a command to have lots of kids, but I don’t believe that was the primary concern here. The word used in the Hebrew for fruitful is parah and means to bear fruit, to flourish, increase, grow, and bring forth. The word for multiple is rabah, meaning be or become, much great, grow or bring into abundance.
So God made us in His image and then told us to go and bear fruit, to flourish, increase, grow and bring forth. He told us to become or grow or bring into abundance. This certainly sounds like the ability to create was passed on to us in creation. The creator made us in His image, I believe, with the ability to create. We all have creative power. Even the one who is not artistically creative.
Think about the guy with a problem in his shop. Maybe he needs a tool to work on something and doesn’t have the right one. He takes two different tools, puts them together, making what he does have work in a creative way instead of focusing on what he doesn’t have. We would say this guy got.... that’s right–creative! You can apply this to so many places and so many instances when we find a way to make something work when there seemed to be no way. It has even produced a saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” But I disagree. Necessity spurs the need for an invention or for something different but hope is the womb out of which something is born. The need was always there. It wasn’t until someone hoped that it could be different, that something was born. Out of this hope, creativity rises to change things. This is the basis idea of creating from a place of hope.
I believe creativity is a God given part of each of the sons and daughters of the Father God. We are all creating something and we are all creating from some place. I believe we either create from a place of hurt or a place of hope. We form our worlds with the words we speak. Creating from a place of hope is not creating from desperation, but rather from a deep seated knowledge that Father’s goodness can change the situation or that there is a better way. As we create in hope, we are not wishing something into existence but we are releasing something that is already in existence in the heart of Father. We reach into the heart of Father to release on earth what he has desired.
The church is stepping into her strongest and most powerful hour. We are finding out the truth of our sonship and our purpose to release heaven on earth. We are discovering the truth of Father’s goodness and His grace and glory are flowing through the Body of Christ in a powerful way. We are awakening to the hope we have. We are rising with a confident expectation that we can make a difference. We can create with a confident expectation of things getting better. This is not arrogance, but rather is true confidence! Hope produces in us a bold confidence.
2 Corinthians 3:12 “Since we have such a hope, we are very bold...”
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