June 2017: Creativity

Creativity is a reflection of the character of God.     

From the opening pages of Scripture, we encounter God’s creativity in action. With words, Let there be light, the poem of creation unfolds as light gives way to time, oceans and mountains form, galaxies are set in motion, and the earth is filled with birds, fish, and every creature imaginable. But God is not finished creating. God decided that He wanted His image to populate the earth. He created people in His image to take care and develop His magnificent creation. Humans are unique in that we reflect God in how we interact with each other and the world around us. That interaction includes God’s creativity. We may not form mountains and oceans, but we create art and music, build cities, solve problems, and innovate technology—all of which starts with our God-given creativity.                                                                                                                    
Jesus showed us creativity in action.

Jesus was the Word that spoke God’s creation into existence at the beginning of time. And when Jesus arrived on planet earth to fulfill God’s plan to rescue humanity, that same creativity was evident in every interaction we read throughout Scripture. Through stories, Jesus could explain something difficult or confusing about the Kingdom of God. With unconventional materials, Jesus healed the sick and hurting. With the right question, He could point to His disciples and the religious leaders what is most important to God. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus showed us the difference we can make in the world through creativity.

We think it’s important for us to help our kids and families discover more about Creativity—imagining what you could do because you are made in God’s image.

Our Memory Verse for June comes from Psalm 139:14.

In Psalm 139:14, we read, "How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that" (NIrV). Through this Psalm, David acknowledges God’s continued provision for his life. He worships God for His care and concern for even the smallest aspects of life. Being created in God’s image, means that we are special compared to the rest of creation. We reflect God in amazing and wonderful ways.

As we help kids discover more about God’s creativity, we head to the beginning—Genesis—and learn more about God’s creativity in the creation of the world.

We kick off the month in Genesis 1:1-25 and look at the beginning. As we look around at the world around us we see the moon and stars, the plants and animals, we can’t help but see the creative beauty in God’s creation. He is the Master Artist and Sculptor. Everything in this world is intricately designed and points to God’s fingerprints in creation.

Bottom Line: God made everything. When we see how God created the world around us, we see who we are in light of His grandeur and majesty. The psalmist writes, What are human beings that you [God] think about them? (Psalm 8:4, NIrV). God created us apart from the rest of creation when He created us in His image, and when we create; we reflect His image to the world around us.

In Genesis 1:26–2:25, we take a closer look at how God created Adam and Eve. God wanted to fill the earth He created with His image, so He formed Adam from the dust of the ground, and formed Eve with Adam’s rib. He created people to bring Him glory as they cared for and developed the earth.

Bottom Line: God made you. This is not something to take lightly. Out of everything God could have done, He created each and every person on the planet to be like Him as they interact with each other and with the world. We pray that kids discover that how God made them is unique and wonderful. Because God made them, they have value beyond what they do because of who they are as God’s child.

In Genesis 2:19-20, we get a glimpse into life for Adam in the garden. One of the first tasks as caretaker of the garden was to name the animals. What a fun job for Adam to imagine the names for the creatures as they passed. Adam’s imagination would be crucial for take care of his responsibility of God’s world.

Bottom Line: God made you to imagine. Adam’s job of taking care of the earth has become our job. We need our God-given imagination to solve problems, help people, and create whatever is necessary to fulfill our responsibilities. We pray that kids will discover that imagination is more than creating art and music, but is something that God has given them to make a difference in the world.

Finally, we head to Genesis 3:1-23 and find out what happened when Adam and Eve decided to do what they wanted to do instead of following God’s plan for them. Adam and Eve had one rule: don’t eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But the serpent tempts them, and they decided to give into the temptation so they could become like God. And in a moment, everything changed. All that was perfect was now broken. Thankfully, although the consequences for Adam and Eve were severe, God never gave up on having a relationship with His creation.

Bottom Line: God made you to know Him. We know now that God sent Jesus to make a way for us to truly know Him again. We pray that kids will discover that no matter what they’ve done or how far away they feel from God, that Jesus came to make a way for them to be right with God. God made us know Him, and that’s possible because of Jesus.

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