The First Artist: God the Creator

And this is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.  – John 17:3

You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13

God wants to be known by people. That’s what this phrase “eternal life” really means. Knowing Him for-e-ver (cue Squints Palledorous). And He’s not trying to hide from us either. But we’ve got to be interested in Him for the unique being that He is, not so we can get something out of Him or use Him for our own gain (which I do about every day). So that’s what I am attempting to do: get interested in Him, so I can know Him more.

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I would like to spend the first several days of this 31-day writing challenge celebrating the surprising, whimsical, trustworthy character of this interesting God – a God that is worthy of being feared and loved. First up: God is creative. The first artist.

In the beginning, God created… – Genesis 1:1. We are five words into the Bible and we know He’s not boring. This should be even more apparent when we consider all that He did create – not just mountains, trees, birds, light, oceans, everything we see and don’t see, etc., etc, but, people too.

He made us in His image (Gn 1:27). And who are people? Artists, thinkers, dreamers, scientists, teachers, musicians, lovers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, bakers, bankers, architects, janitors, comedians, mothers, daughters, fathers, brothers, husbands, wives, etc., etc.

There is so much of Him that millions and millions of ‘little Christs’, all different, will still be too few to express Him fully. He made them all. He invented – as an author invents characters in a novel – all the different men that you and I were intended to be.  – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 

Let us not make Him out to be any less creative, intelligent, or loving than us, His little creations. He is the best of all of these professions and roles, and so much more.

Think of the most beautiful person you’ve ever seen, the most brilliant piece of literature, the most important or bizarre scientific discovery, the most carefully crafted sculpture or painting or dress from Anthropologie (for the gals)….and our hearts leap with praise.

Praise the Artist who made the brains to enable the making of these – and provided the materials, too.

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