Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"I am Not My Creator"

Romans 1:25 NASU

“For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”

We are made in the image of God…

“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 NKJV

God is Creator God. By His creative impulse we were made to exist. We are not our own “Creator”. We were “created”. We are “creature”. The Creator is not His creation. There is between us an un-span-able gulf; an un-cross-able expanse; an im-measure-able distance. No earthly power can bridge the gap between God and humanity. Only God can do that. We are creatures who exist at the pleasure and for the purpose of Creator God.

Having been made in His image, we may be “transformed into the same image from glory to glory” (2nd Corinthians 3.18). We are blessed to share God-like qualities of Him who called us into being. Among these qualities is a creative impulse, creative instinct. There is within us a desire to build, produce, make, generate, re-generate, create, re-create, and pro-create. God made us that way. Like God, we want to form something from nothing. We want to “make” something of our lives, for example, and leave this world a better place than we found it.

Sometimes we are successful in our creative endeavors… and that can be a problem. In the joy of artistic expression, we may actually believe we did something that’s never been done before, forgetting Solomon’s wise caution:

“There is nothing new under the sun.”
Ecclesiastes 1.9 NIV

Anything good an artist may create is merely an extension of the creative power of God who graciously bestowed it upon the worker of art. Occasionally, if we open our hearts, we may enjoy the privilege of creatively expressing the nature of Christ who lives among us. In those exhilarating moments, it is appropriate to direct all praise we may receive to the Source of our creative inspiration, resisting the temptation to exchange “the truth of God for a lie” and worship (even with subtle devotion) “the creature rather than the Creator”.  

I am a creature. I am not my creator. 
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The DNA logo is from The Australian Motor Neuron Disease DNA Bank (http://www.dnamnd.med.usyd.edu.au/).

2 comments:

JT said...

God is the Great Creator. Good Post. May God Bless You.

Dave Scriven said...

Thanks JT.