February 5, 2023

Made in His Image to Create

Written by Shana Schutte

Man’s creativity brings joy to the Lord.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 5, 2023

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

Last year, I drove through a large city and was shocked—and saddened—by a large pile of trash and miscellaneous objects someone had not so neatly stacked on the corner of a busy intersection. Suitcases. Trash bags. Sticks. Metal signs. Clothing. Old towels. This was not the construction of a homeless person, but a pile of confusion approximately seven feet square that was created to make a statement. It was topped with a handwritten sign on cardboard inviting those who passed by into immoral conduct. I was grieved. Creativity used to wound, ensnare others and promote evil. 

Since the beginning, God made man in his image. Because He is the Creator of all that is we have been created to create. We share in His divine, creative nature. Man’s creativity can bring joy to the Lord as He sees His children build, design, engineer, and dream dreams to make. Every person alive has been created to create and everyone creates something: Music, art, math formulas, buildings, clothing, and systems—and the list goes on. Isn’t it amazing? All the physical possessions of mankind, such as houses, cars, computers, books, furniture and my favorite stuffed animal, Frederick, come from the creative spark God placed in man!

There are creative talents that are tangible; these are those that we can see. But creativity doesn’t have to be tangible. It can be intangible too. Words, for example, have creative power. The words you use create action—either positive or negative—in others. The words you use can create good feelings or bad. As God created the world with words and spoke it into existence, our words have creative power too. 

But no matter how or what we create, the Lord wants us to use our creative powers for Him. Our motives matter. In his book, “Called to Create” Jordan Raynor writes: 

God has made you a new creation and has called you to use your passions, gifts, and opportunities to reveal His character and love to others. Following the call to create means . . . we work for the glory of the One who has called us. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). 

All creativity and the creative power God has given man can be used to raise him up and glorify him, and to share his love. Or it can be used to tear others down or glorify evil. It can be used to construct a pile of trash on a corner inviting people into immoral activity. 

How are you using your creative power today: to bless someone, to glorify Christ, and to invite them into an amazing love story with him? 

“He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers” (Exodus 35:35).


Lord, help me to use every creative power that I have to serve you. I love that you have called me to create!


Think about the ways you create today and thank the Lord that He has made you in His image.

Related Reading

Psalm 104:24; Romans 12:2; Jeremiah 10:12

Worship Resource

Don Moen: Creator King


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