By Vicki L Pugliese
We are all made in God’s image. One of the first truths about mankind that God tells us about ourselves. Genesis 1:26 says “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Our very nature is a reflection of His nature at our core. Sure we have our human side that is always bent on wandering away, but there is a part of us that innately points toward our creator.
Our soul has a compass that points to truth. There are plenty of gray areas but there are some things we all just nod our heads at and agree on. That’s a truth that God wrote on our soul and we know it without being taught. People who go against that truth are not tolerated by anyone. There’s something wrong with that person. Their compass is bent. We blame the fall. We blame man’s selfishness.
But before that we know that God created. God created. Each time God created, He sat back evaluated His creation and determined it was good, or very good. He created such intricate, amazing and mind blowingly complex creations that we are still figuring them out and learning how they work. We are still learning how our actions affect His creations. We are still learning how to be good stewards and properly watch over and have dominion over the creation He entrusted to us. We are still fixing the portions of creation we inadvertently broke due to our lack of knowledge, laziness and selfishness.
We get caught up in the two part gospel, the fall and redemption. These are very important parts of the story without a doubt. But we shouldn’t lose sight of the four part gospel. We can’t forget the story starts in a garden and continuously moves toward the city, the new Jerusalem of Revelation . Sure Adam and Eve were sent out of the garden during the fall but we were never meant to stay in the garden. It was always the plan to move toward the city!
We were always built to remain in His image; that creator image! We were built to work, to create to build. We aren’t satisfied or fulfilled without it.
Don’t try to tell me you aren’t creative! Creativity takes on so many forms. You might be creative in poetry, writing, or music. You might be creative in art, decorating, or my new favorite repurposing. You might be creative in cooking. If so then you should come to my house! Perhaps you have a less traditional form of creativity. Perhaps your creative skills lie in organization or people skills such as discussion skills. Perhaps you are creative in your ability to research. All of these creative outlooks are simply a way for your soul to reflect that image of your creator.
Take a moment and sit back and think about your creative side. See how it is good. How can you use and nurture that compass? How can you show the world the image you reflect? How can you point to the one truth written inside you that won’t stay inside you because it just has to be like its maker? How are you participating in creation? How are you moving creation toward the city? How can you be a light to a broken, fallen world that needs a compass leading them to the city? How can you point them to your creator?
It’s truly all about the restoration of the world. It’s not a two part gospel, it’s a four part gospel. If we don’t participate, we lose the end of the story. We are redeemed but now what? Our hearts explode with gratitude and that gratitude has motion. It has a need to give back.
God’s plan always included not only redemption but the restoration of the world, and to that end we are on the team! You have been given a creative side and asked to be a good steward over God’s own creation. You have a desire to give back for the amazing and overwhelming gift of redemption. Go participate in creation! Reflect that image you were designed to be like. The world, the broken fallen parts will be drawn to it naturally. They will recognize their compass. Creation and restoration call to each other. They are the rest of the story. We are part of the story. Make your part awesome!