In The Beginning
Have you heard this old Irish Proverb? “You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.”
It resonates with me because this devotional moment reminds us that created things can only come from what the creator possesses. A sow, a female pig, cannot be used to make silk. Silk comes from silk worms, not pigs.
Today’s text takes us back to creation’s beginning, specifically to that moment when God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit created human beings.
Genesis 1:26-27 ESV Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
I like the Message version.
Genesis 1:26-27 Message God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and yes, earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of the earth.” God created human beings; He created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female.
It is in our very DNA to reflect God in who we are. God breathed life into us through His spirit and He created our soul, our mind and emotions, to bear His image. We are created in the image of a Creator God. We are designed to possess both heaven and earth in our spirit and soul.
Image and likeness are nearly synonymous. In the text in Genesis it is repetitious which gives the meaning more weight and focus. The text is telling us that our identity is very, very much in its likeness to God’s nature.
In biblical studies, there is a tool called “the principle of first mention”. This study principle points to the first mention of a doctrinal topic to build the complete doctrine on that foundation. Since this is the first chapter of the first book in the bible, this aspect of God’s nature as Creator is the first characteristic we read of. It is a foundational characteristic of our God and how He wants to be known by us. It is also the first mention of human beings, and as we are created in His image. Since this is also under the First Mention principle, it is a foundational part of our identity. The point is, since we are made in the image of the Creator, we must be creative somewhere. Creativity is a function of the soul, the mind and emotions, and as such it can appear in any number of ways.
Unfortunately, we tend to limit creativity to the fine arts, digital arts, and literary arts, but creativity can flow in so many diverse ways. Creativity can flow in logistic plans, infrastructure of cities and corporations, and engineering. Creativity can flow in the culinary, in cosmetics (how you choose makeup), and in planning a vacation or a party. The possibilities are as infinite as the variety of things God created in Genesis 1; fish in the sea, beasts in the land, birds in the air, plants, insects, all of it.
Each of us has a creative flow. It is the nature of God deep within us. We get the joy of searching it out!
Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.
Let’s embrace this identity doctrine and ask God to help us find our creative nature. It is a unique place where we are designed to encounter Him. He has treasures waiting there for us to find and enjoy.
//Making it personal//
How do you feel knowing that you are created in the likeness of a perfect, loving, creative God?
Do you have a place where you are creative? Have you ever considered that God designed you with that? Is it easy or hard to connect with God in your creative flow? Ask God to take you deeper.
Prayer: Father God, being creative brings me _____________ (joy, pleasure, peace, etc.). I invite you into that creative space. Meet me there, and draw me deeper into you. Teach me more about how you are creative in me though this part of me. Amen.
Do you have “self-talk” that says you’re not creative? Ask God to show you His creative nature within you.
Prayer: Father God, there is so much about You within me I’ve yet to discover. Hear the yes in my heart. Open my eyes and help me see this creative nature you’ve placed inside me. Help me understand more about how you made me. Meet me there and draw me deeper into You. Amen.