“Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life”.
Gal 6:5 EHP
Modern psychology uses the idea of “self-actualisation” to spell out what the life-task is for each human being. “Doing your creative best”, Eugene Peterson’s translation of Paul’s Greek here, is putting the same thing in a different way. It involves becoming a mature Christian, knowing what you believe and expressing all that is in you through love to other people. Some people do this through teaching others, a creative activity if ever there was one. Other people will do this through careful and disciplined administration of the Christian community’s financial affairs – something not many people can do.
For some people the most creative best will be in the field of music. Worship in the Christian church depends on good music that all worshippers can join in and leadership here is so valuable. Many others will do their creative best by working with the catering – since so many functions involve eating together. All communities need a pastoral team and various people can exercise strong caring ministries in different aspects of a church’s life. Praying with and for the sick is another way someone can care meaningfully. Exercising your gift responsibly, creatively, dependably, within the body, benefits the body and grows people within the body. There are many more gifts that enable someone to use their creativity for God.
All these varied gifts are employed for the benefit and building up of the body, when they are recognized as gifts from God and pressed into his service and used for his glory. Each means someone plays a vital role and comes to his or her full potential in the glory of God.
Lord, use me creatively wherever and however you will.