You Were Created To Be Creative

I guess I’ve always been pegged as a creative. I’ve been a musician since I was young. I’ve written dozens of songs and performed with world-class musicians. Heck, I got my bachelors degree in, wait for it…Jazz Studies!

Oftentimes, people look at me and place me a special category: creative. And they think to themselves, “I’m not creative. I’m just a…[fill in the blank].”  An accountant. A truck-driver. A house-wife. A book-keeper.

But the Bible tells a different story. According to the Bible:  You were created to be creative. 

That’s right! Whether you crunch numbers, stay at home with the kids, drive a truck, or paint houses, you were created to be creative.

In Genesis 1:26 God says, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

This passages teaches us two important truths:

1. We are created in the image of a creative God.  Genesis 1 recounts for us how God created everything in the heavens and on the earth. From the smallest atom to the largest galaxy. From the neurotransmitters firing in our brains to the jellyfish in the sea. God thought it all up and created it all. What incredible creativity!

And verse 26 tells us that we have been created in the image of this creative God. This means that, at the center of who you are, at the very core of your being, in your very essence, you are creative.

But while we are creative by nature (essence), that creativity must be expressed in our actions (function). Which leads to the second important truth.

2. We reflect God’s image by lovingly and creatively ruling the world as God’s representatives. Notice that verse 26 describes mankind’s image-bearing function in terms of exercising dominion over the earth. The idea here is that mankind is to function as God’s royal representatives on earth. To rule the world in righteousness, to cultivate it in wisdom, to create order out of disorder, to fill it with divine love, and to steward it in such a way that God’s glory shines throughout the whole earth.

And this “creative dominion” is not just reserved for the artsy-fartsy folk. It’s all-inclusive. It includes father’s trying to figure out creative ways to lead their families. It includes stay-at-home moms trying to create warm, christ-like homes. It includes engineers building the most efficient transportation systems.

It includes builders, scientists, writers, farmers, inventors, chefs, athletes, and all the rest.


No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you are creative. It’s burned into your DNA. It’s sealed on your soul.

And God has uniquely gifted you to leverage your creativity in this world for his glory and the good of others.

What gifts, skills, and interests is God calling you to pursue creatively right now?


  1. Reply
    Brian Johnson says

    Andy, you are doing a great job on your blog. I like this one in particular, because ‘I’m not creative, I’m just a…’ has always been my personal opinion of myself. In turn I’ve always assumed others thought the same of me.

    However, I’ve learned that this is not true, and even if others thinks so that is not what my Lord thinks. What you have written is especially important for us to understand as those made in the image of God. I may not be creative like you, but I am creative in my own right, as God created me to be.

    Thanks for encouraging people, and me, in this truth. God Bless!

    • Reply
      Andy Barlow says

      So what areas do you think God is pushing you to use your creativity?

      • Reply
        Brian Johnson says

        Hey bud, sorry for the delay.

        I think that God is pressing me to be creative in two areas. First, I need to grow in my writing. I’m not seeking to be a creative writer, but to learn to be more creative in my writing that I might clearly and vividly communicate the gospel. Second, in pursuing my wife. Date night doesn’t happen much anymore because of thin finances. So, I need to find creative ways to pursue my wife without spending money, yet expressing a desire for her. This takes a little bit of creativity.

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