By John King with Matt Friend and Michelle Thompson
Is your life the same Every. Single. Day?
Whether it’s traveling the same route to and from work, watching the same Netflix series for the 11th time straight (even though you have 11,000 options), packing the same lunch meat, mowing the same lawn, or sliding into the same pair of yoga pants… you probably crave more out of life: more accomplishment, more fulfillment, more joy.
How can you be more fulfilled?
#1 – Acknowledge Your Creator
The people in our church have come to believe the opening words of the Bible…
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
We not only believe God created, but He is still creating. He told one man who lived about 2,500 years ago…
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jeremiah 1:5).
What does that mean for us? For you? It means that you were not an afterthought, an accident, or simply a natural result of the reproductive process. You are a designed work of eternal art, infinitely valuable–because of the Artist who crafted you!
God didn’t create our world and forget it but is still actively involved. The Bible teaches that Jesus holds every molecule together (Colossians 1:17).
Additionally, Jesus is currently working on yet another beautiful creation… an eternal home for us…
I’m going to my Father’s house to prepare a place for you (John 14:2).
Like an artist whose talent is showcased in His masterpiece, God’s creativity is on full display in His creation. One example of His creative flair is the colorful handiwork we see each fall as the forest explodes into a million hues of reds, oranges, and yellows.Like an artist whose talent is showcased in His masterpiece, God’s creativity is on full display in His creation. Click To Tweet
#2 – Be Creative
You are created in God’s image. Just as God was (and is) a creator, you are a sub-creator made in His image.
Then God said, “Let us make humanity in our image, in our likeness… So God created humanity in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:26-27).
Believe it! You were created to be creative.
From start to finish, the Bible is filled with people who were created for a specific purpose: one to lead people spiritually, another to lead people physically; one to fashion gold, another to fashion silver; one to carve wood, another to carve stone; one to teach facts, another to teach hands-on skills; one to engrave, another to embroider (Exodus 35:30-35).
“But I’m no Picasso, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Jobs, Dickens, Mozart, Disney, Angelou, Branson, Franklin, or Milton,” you say. Maybe so. Maybe not.
But you are you–the one and only you that will ever grace this planet with your unique DNA. If you’re not you, no one else will ever be.
So, whatever you do, do it creatively, intentionally, and with purpose, whether it be:
performing a heart catheterization, packing a lunch, paving a parking lot, or pouring coffee.
Leave your unique mark on the world, and by doing so, experience your God-given significance.
#3 – Love Deeply
The most meaningful innovations are not the result of chance, but of love. One person loves another person, so they take a risk and make a change to relieve a burden and build a life.The most meaningful innovations are not the result of chance, but of love. One person loves another person, so they take a risk and make a change to relieve a burden and build a life. Click To Tweet
The people in our church believe Jesus modeled this kind of innovation for us.
Adam and Eve corrupted the world shortly after God created it, and we’ve done our fair share of “breaking” it too. Motivated by His deep love, Jesus robed Himself in human DNA, was born on Christmas morning, learned to communicate in our language, lived perfectly among us, sacrificed Himself for us on the cross, arose from the grave on Easter Morning, and promised to return to make the world right forever more…
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
What if Jesus had said, No? What if He had required us to become like Him, look like Him, talk like Him, and walk like Him before He would help us? Thankfully, He was motived by merciful love to make a difference, to make a change, and to proactively get involved so we could know God.
Remember Jesus. Believe in Him. Love Him.
Whether that’s your conclusion or not, live out your identity today as one of God’s sub-creators. Creatively serve your neighbors who are hurting, hungry, destitute, disabled, addicted, abused, orphaned, or excluded. And, remember to also love those who are drowning in loneliness behind white picket fences and three car garages.
You’ll be glad you did!
John King serves as the Executive Pastor at Bible Center Church. He grew up in West Virginia and has been a part-time New River whitewater rafting guide for over 20 years. He and his wife, Emily, are raising three daughters: Allison, Alana, and Abigail.