LEADERSHIP REALLY MATTERS
REV. JAY HANSON
God is creative.
I don’t think any of us would argue with this statement. As a matter of fact, the very first thing we read in the Bible is a narrative of God’s creativity – how He created something from nothing and called the world into being with nothing more than His Words and His breath!
And did you know God’s creating wasn’t finished? Thousands of years later, God told Isaiah that He is continuing to create…
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? - Isaiah 43:19
God was creating new opportunities for the people of Israel to renew their faith and come to a relationship with Him. Have you ever thought that God is continuing His creative work today? New opportunities, new knowledge, new ideas, new relationships, and new ways for us to come to know Him more fully. God is the ultimate, eternal creator!
You are creative.
How do you feel when you read that statement? Do you agree? Do you want to argue? Do you feel that statement is true for everyone except you?
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:27
We are created in God’s image, which means we all have the God-given ability to create. He placed within each of us the ability to innovate, problem solve, make new things, and revive old things. As a reflection of God’s character here on earth, we were meant to create. Many people who don’t see themselves as creative people often have a limited, skewed view of what it means to be creative. They assume because they’re not artistically or musically talented, they are not creative. Let’s look at the definition of the word, “create.”
Create: to cause to come into being; to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination; to cause to happen, bring about or arrange
So, in light of this definition, when was the last time you were creative? Let me help you think about this question another way.
When was the last time you …
- had a new idea?
- solved a problem?
- executed a plan?
- revised and improved a program?
- designed a ministry?
- offered an opportunity?
- communicated truth in a new way?
- developed a new relationship?
Do you see how creative you really are? God has put within each of us the ability to create environments where others can encounter Him and fall in love with His Son. Some of us create those environments with words, others create systems for people to plug into, and still others create relational ties with others so they can begin to trust. What are you creating within your church and ministry setting? What innovative thoughts, ideas, and solutions are you bringing into being? You were created to be creative! So go reflect God’s character and create!
Jay Hanson, Lead Pastor, and Anne Bosarge, Director of Discipleship, serve at The Chapel in Brunswick. They love sharing about the ways God is moving in their church. Contact them at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.