Creative by Design

Matt Norman —  September 7, 2010

When we think of creativity, we often think of people like Leonardo DaVinci or Pablo Picasso. Maybe you think of George Lucas or Gene Roddenberry. Or maybe it’s people like Harley Earl who influenced automotive design from the 1940s through the 1960s; including designing the very first Corvette. Maybe you think of musicians like The Beatles or Jimmy Hendrix. Maybe you even think of people like skateboard legend Tony Hawk. Whoever comes to mind, chances are you would not compare your creative potential to theirs. I would argue that, if you are a Christian your creative potential is not only equal to that of these creative geniuses, but perhaps even greater.

Genesis 1:27 states,

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created Him; male and female he created them.”

You see here that we were created in the very image of God. The one who created everything made us in HIS OWN IMAGE. The one that dreamed up sunsets before there was a sun, saw beautiful landscapes before there was land, and saw amazing animals before there were any; the one that put the stars in the heavens and the fish in the seas; the one that formed us from dust and breathed into us, giving us life created us. We were created in the image of the one who created all that we see, hear, smell, taste, or touch. The world may try to tell us that only select people, like the ones listed above, have great creative potential. This passage shows that we all have the creative nature of God within us. Whether you are male or female, young or old, Christian or not you are creative. Whether you clean toilets or engineer airplanes, you are creative. Whether you work for NASA, for an art gallery, or for McDonald’s, you are creative.

Being created in the image of God gives all humans great creative potential. However, Christians have something that takes this potential even further, the Holy Spirit. In Judges Chapters 14 and 15 we see where the Spirit of the Lord came on Samson and he killed a lion with his bare hands and later killed 1000 men with the jaw bone of a donkey. In the first chapter of Matthew we see where Mary was, “found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” When Jesus was baptized the Holy Spirit, “descended like a dove and lighted on him.” In Matthew chapter 12 we see where Jesus casts out demons through the power of the Holy Spirit. You probably get the point that amazing things can be done through the power of the Holy Spirit. In Luke 4:1 is says that Jesus was “filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 4:13 says, “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:8 says, “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” Finally, in Acts 2:3-5 we see where the Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ disciples.

In these passages we see that there is great power in the Holy Spirit. We see that Jesus was filled with Holy Spirit and did miraculous things. We see where Jesus promised the disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit and that they would receive power when the Spirit came. Then we read about the Spirit coming on the day of Pentecost and the amazing things the disciples did on that day.  When Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to the disciples, He was not talking only to them, He was talking to us. So, if you are truly a Christian, then you have the Holy Spirit living in you.

So, let’s recap. As human beings we were created in the very image of the one who created everything. As such we are creative by nature. As Christians we are infused with the power of the Holy Spirit. As such we are powerful. Together these two facts combine to make for a person that is powerfully creative. That person is YOU! Remember that next time the world tries to convince you that you are not creative. Remember that next time you hit a brick wall creatively. Remember that next time you find yourself thinking that you don’t have what it takes to do what God has called you to do. Remember you are Powerfully Creative!

Matt Norman

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Matt is married to his high school sweetheart Kim and together they have two wonderful kids. Matt is a part time children’s pastor at The Rock of Winter Haven, in the appropriately named town of Winter Haven, Florida. In his spare time Matt is an avid automotive enthusiast and a self confessed computer nerd and tech junkie.

One response to Creative by Design

  1. Matt,

    I loved this article. As someone who is not creative in the traditional sense (can’t paint, sing, do crafts, etc.), it took me a long time to realize the creativity the God put inside of me. Once I got past my preconceived notion of what creative was, I realized (or should I say God showed me) that creativity comes in all sorts of colors (pun intended).

    Thanks again for the great article.