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To be conformed is to be creative

29 April 2024 ‘To be conformed to the image of His Son.’ Romans 8:29 NKJV

Since God is both our Creator and our Redeemer, we’re called to be ‘conformed to His image’ in both senses. So, to become more like the Creator is to become more creative. When we apply our imagination to serve His purposes, we’re doing what God does best and loves most. And our heavenly Father takes deep pride and joy in it. Just as we celebrate creativity in others, God celebrates creativity in us. Have you ever noticed how often Psalms tells us to sing a new song? This creative command is repeated several times. The more we discover about God, the more we love Him. And the more we love Him, the more we need new ways of expressing our love. Most of us don’t think of ourselves as creative, but that’s because we have a narrow definition of creativity. We tend to think of creativity as a work of art, a new invention, or a unique business idea. But that’s a tiny slice. Creativity isn’t only for artists, inventors, or entrepreneurs; it’s vital in all aspects of life. In the fullest sense, creativity is any use of the imagination. In the past we may have used our imagination for the wrong purposes. But at the new birth, your imagination is redeemed so that it can be used to glorify God. If God is infinitely creative and we are not just created in His image but called to be conformed to His image, then creativity isn’t optional. It’s a dimension of spiritual maturity.

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