We all know those people who are masters of their trade or craft, they are creative geniuses. Those people that can draw a masterpiece on the back of a McDonalds napkin. Those people that can take a few pieces of rough lumber and make beautiful furniture. Those people that can whip up a gourmet meal from last week’s left-overs. Those people that can compose inspiring music on even a broken-down old instrument.
Of course, as Christians we look to God as the ultimate creative genius. The One who spoke all of creation into being. The One who made faithful promises to unfaithful people and still managed a miraculous and inspiring story of victory time and time again. The One who could even turn Jesus’ tragic, senseless, and wrongful death on a cross into the salvation of all humankind.
Since the time Jesus was resurrected, the power of the Holy spirit was given, and the church was born… God’s primary ‘creative space’ has been our lives. God wants to get creative in our lives! Now, we may characterize our imperfect lives as an old napkin, or rough lumber, or left-overs, or even a broken instrument, but even our worst stuff is no match for God’s creative genius.
The Apostle Paul says in his letter to the Philippians: I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. Let us too be confident that our lives are God’s creative space in which we can expect a masterpiece that only God can accomplish.