Being a creative is fulfilling, but it can be a challenge at times. We face opposition from critics who believe that art is not a necessity. They try to discourage creatives from pursuing our passions by constantly presenting us with the stereotypical, starving artist. And, when an organization makes budget cuts, the arts are usually the first sector to go.
Whether you’re a visual artist, writer, performing artist or social media guru, I’m here to tell you that your creative gift has a purpose. If God blessed you with that gift, IT HAS A PURPOSE! Don’t allow anyone to tell you otherwise. It’s your responsibility to use your gift for good regardless of the fears and doubts of yourself or anyone else. You have to let your light shine through!
I’ve compiled a list of 12 scriptures from the Bible to inspire you. Write these scriptures down, place them in a visible place, and take time recite them every day. You will believe God’s creative vision for your life. You will realize that creative gifts matter to God and make a difference in the world.
Above all, remember that God is the ultimate creator. He made us in His image so that we may create as well. Keep creating!
1) Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
2) Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
3) 2 Chronicles 2:14 (NIV)
“He is trained to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute any design given to him. He will work with your skilled workers and with those of my lord, David your father.”
4) 2 Timothy 1:7 (Message)
“God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.”
5) Exodus 35:30-35 (NIV)
“Then Moses said to the Israelites, ‘See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.’”
6) 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
7) Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
8) Romans 11:29 (CEV)
“God doesn’t take back the gifts he has given or forget about the people he has chosen.”
9) Proverbs 31:24-25 (NIV)
“She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
10) Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
11) Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
12) 1 Chronicles 15:16 (CEV)
“David then told the leaders to choose some Levites to sing and play music on small harps, other stringed instruments, and cymbals.”
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Take 15 minutes today to read, write down, and meditate on this scripture: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19