“And I have filled him with my power. I have given him understanding,
skill, and ability for every kind of artistic work.”
Exodus 31:3 (GNT)
You are the crowning design of the Ultimate Artist. In fact, the Bible calls you God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10 NLT). And this word “masterpiece” is the Greek word poiema, which carries the idea of something that is artfully created.
Not only were you artfully created, but when you were formed you were also given specific desires, talents, abilities, gifts, and passions to help you fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
Furthermore, as a Christian, you have the Creator living on the inside of you! So, if you want to cultivate your soul and fulfill your God-given purpose, then it is important that you take time to explore those creative passions.
Maybe you are the imaginative, artsy type and you’ve already been expressing yourself in some sort of creative outlet – good for you! Keep up the excellent work! Or maybe you’ve got some pent up frustration because you know you have artistic abilities, yet for whatever reason, you are not using your gifts and talents. Or perhaps you feel that you don’t have “a creative bone in your body” – but that’s just not true!
If the Creator lives in you, then He can do exactly for you what He did for Bezaleel. In Exodus 31:3, we read that the Lord filled him with His power and gave him understanding, skill, and ability for every kind of artistic work.
The New Living Translation says, “I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.”
God shows no partiality or favoritism, and is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). What He did for Bezaleel, He will certainly do for you if you will ask Him.
If you have yearnings that have been stifled for years because “life” keeps getting in the way, then I encourage you to make a change today. Unearth those buried dreams and ignite your creative passions!
As wives and mothers, we can get so busy caring for the needs of others that we forget to dream or play or create. Even the Proverbs 31 woman made coverlets, cushions and tapestry rugs for herself (Pr. 31:22 AMP). And there should be no guilt involved in taking a bit of time for yourself on a regular basis. Find a hobby that you enjoy and pursue it.
Ask the Lord for a creative outlet for yourself. Seek His heart concerning your gift or talent. He is the Creator, after all. He can give you inspiration like no other can! He will give you all the things you need to succeed in your creative endeavors.
Deuteronomy 28:12 says, “The LORD will…bless all the work of your hands.”
So not only will He gift you with ability and creativity, He will also bless the work of your hands!
In her book The Hidden Art of Homemaking, Edith Schaeffer writes,
“Christians should be conscious of the fact that we are created in the image of God, and should recognize the importance of living artistically, aesthetically, and creatively, as creative creatures of the Creator. If we have been created in the image of the Artist, then we should look for expression of artistry, and be sensitive to beauty, responsive to what has been created for our appreciation…
The fact that you are a Christian should show in some practical area of a growing creativity and sensitivity to beauty…
People so often look with longing into a daydream future, while ignoring the importance of the present. We are all in danger of thinking, ‘Someday I shall be fulfilled. Some day I shall have the courage to start another life which will develop my talent,’ without ever considering the very practical use of that talent today in a way which will enrich other people’s lives, develop the talent, and express the fact of being a creative creature,” (pp. 32-33).
Wow! This is so true of so many people – especially mothers, who put everyone else’s wants, needs, and desires ahead of their own.
If you have a desire for a creative outlet and the time necessary to create, then I encourage you to make it a priority. Carve out a small work space and a block of time each day (or 2-3 times a week) to create in some form or fashion.
There are many different areas in which you can use your artistic abilities. Here are just a few to consider:
Drawing, painting, mixed media art, photography, scrapbooking, knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, needlepoint, embroidery, candle making, weaving, rug making, pottery, ceramics, glass blowing, calligraphy, quilling (paper filigree), welding, woodwork, basket weaving, baking, interior decoration, etc. The list goes on and on!
Whatever your mode or medium, as Edith Schaeffer wrote, “Express yourself…in what you can produce yourself, with some degree of originality, craftsmanship or artistic creativity.”
The Greater One lives in you, and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! (1 John 4:4, Phil. 4:13)
Tapping into the creativity that is on the inside of you and expressing yourself with something made by your own hands will cultivate and nourish your soul like nothing else can!
This post is excerpted from my book, A Life That Flourishes. Click on image below to purchase.
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.