Invest in God’s Kingdom Creatively!

quest-8-3As I read through the Bible one of the things that I enjoy about God is the creative way he chooses to do things! Look at just a few of these: he created many things out-of-nothing, yet when he created man, he took some dirt (that he’d already created) out of which he formed him; God provided manna for Israel’s food every day for 40 years; he rebuked an evil prophet by allowing the prophet’s own donkey to speak to him; he brought down the walls of a mighty city by asking Israel to march around it; he got Jonah’s attention by preparing a great fish to swallow him for three days and then spit him out on land!

Then we go to the New Testament where we find Jesus also working creatively. Sometimes he healed people just by speaking a word; other times he touched them; once he made mud and daubed it on the eyes of a blind man and told him to wash; he turned the water contained in six large ceremonial jars into fine wine at a wedding; he asked Peter to go catch a fish in which he would find a coin of an exact denomination in order to pay taxes! The Lord is incredibly creative in his dealings with mankind.

God is also very creative in the way he gifts us spiritually. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 explains, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.” Basically, what this passage says is that even if two of us have the same spiritual gift, the way in which we serve others with that gift will vary greatly, and the way God works through us as we serve will bring a wide variety of results.

When I was in college, I was married with two children and worked a full-time job. We were as poor as church mice. So when our close friends, John and Becky were celebrating their 15th anniversary there was no way we could take them out to dinner. Linda and I put our heads together and came up with an alternative idea. We transformed our humble living room into Frederic’s Fine Restaurant and invited John and Becky for dinner. We set up everything as elegantly as we could—candles, music, linen and hand-printed menus for this special evening. Linda and I enjoyed serving our friends and providing a memorable romantic evening for their enjoyment.

Many of us sell ourselves and God short in his desire to use us significantly in the lives of others. In the examples above, God most often took something that was available and used it uniquely. What has God given you in terms of talents, resources and spiritual gifts that you could use uniquely and creatively to serve others and bring God glory? Let him surprise and delight you in the creative ways he wants to use you and what he has given you!

©2009 Rob Fischer