In the opening pages of scripture our first encounter with God in His scared writ is that of creator. And so the story goes in Genesis chapter 1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth… And God said ‘Let there be light!’ and there was light… And God said ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters… And God said ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation… And God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created them.” For six days God created and on the seventh He rested. Fin, end of story, right? Not too quickly.
See, I think God rested because He knew exactly what was to come, for He was not even relatively close to being done with the process of creation. God’s six days of creation were simply an inauguration for the whirlwind of creativity that was to come from the hands of His image bearers. Indeed, as image bearers of the great I AM we were created for creativity.
The image bearing musician creates with his instrument as part of a symphony, the image bearing pastor creates with her words at the pulpit, the image bearing artist creates with his hands in the studio, and the God of these image bearing creators has created a new creation with the death and resurrection of His son. The creation simply refuses to stop.
And so as people who bear the imago Dei (image of God) we continue to create not only with our talents and skills but with our love, our sense of justice, our prayers, our courage, and with our hearts aching desire to continue in the grand story of God’s very good creation.
N.T. Wright put it best when he said, “What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God's future.”
When we create we are building for God’s kingdom here on earth. Our poems, our songs, our sculptures, our paintings, our stories, they will all last in God’s good world and they will all be of incredible worth. So as we behold the imago Dei may we continue to create—after all, its what we were created to do.