and a prolific writer, Mel Branham, made this statement:
“Perhaps I write books due to the fact that I am created in the image of God, who wrote the first one.” Mel Branham.
We Bible believers trust that God wrote the Pentateuch, the five books of Moses, via inspiration, the Spirit of God moved through the pen, of Moses, though He insisted that the Decalogue was carved in stone with the very finger of God. Mel meant the inner desire to create is a gift from God, placed in each of us due to having been created Imago Dei, The image of God.
Many of the aspects of God is the necessity of loving the unlovely while at the same time loving beauty, for what could be more beautiful than that which came into being by the Word of God? We don’t seem to have much trouble loving what we call lovely, yet our Divine Template, God, loved the marred, ugly and unlovable “sinner” so far above our comprehension that, as John wrote, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. The “so loved” is a high mountain.
In the New Testament the New Creation is on display and several descriptive terms are used, such as Sons of God, Royal Priesthood, Kings and Priests, as well as “His workmanship” which you have read, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.
“Workmanship” is from the Greek, Poiema, meaning God created Christians, not only in His Image, but also as His song, a song so different and powerfully moving that, as Dr. John McCormick said concerning Romans 8: 19, “The entire creation stands on tip toe awaiting the unveiling of the glorious Sons of God.”
The practical application of the above is simple and was expressed in a song years ago, “Do what you do, do well, boy, do, do what you do well. Give your love with all your heart, and do what you do, do well boy.” Jim Reeves.
As we are God’s “workmanship,” we should be polishing our gift to our world, by following the advice of a taxi driver in New York who answered the question, “Hey, buddy how do I get to Carnegie Hall?” with, “Practice, Practice, Practice!”
Concerning our role as little creators, Leo Tolstoy stated:
“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”
Keep Tolstoy’s remark in mind as you share the gift God has entrusted to you.
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