Monday, 25 September 2017
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A Creative Gospel

I was thinking recently on the immense and endless creativity of God. There is so much in this thought that I am not too sure where to start. I suppose the creation of the heavens and earth might be good place to kick off. Firstly, God reveals Light. And yes, this is not a spelling error, but Light is intentionally capitalized. This is simply my personal belief that God revealed His Son, Jesus right at the start of creation. I base my belief on the writings of John: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (John 1:1-5 NIV).

So, Jesus was with God at the beginning. All things that followed after day 1 of creation was made through Him. So, without Him in the picture nothing would have happened. Day 2 saw clouds and oceans created, full eco-systems to sustain life. Day 3 saw dry land and plants appear. Talk about creativity! There are so many different types of plants, trees, flowers and other vegetation that it "freaks the mind". By this I mean that my human brain is too small to process the creative power behind the vast variety and versatility of just a leaf, let alone millions of flowers and trees! This spectacular display of creativity is followed up by another, perhaps even more spectacular display of creative genius - all the planets, stars, galaxies and things yet undiscovered were created in a blast of explosive creativity. Back to earth on day 5 and millions of birds and fish are deposited in a brand-new habitat to house them all. I Googled "total number of animal species in the world" and was rewarded with this tidbit of information from factmonster.com, "No one knows for sure how many species of animals exist on Earth. In fact, some 10,000 species of animals are discovered each year, with over one and a half million species already described. Projections for the total number of species on Earth range from 2 million to 50 million." Need I say anything more on the vastness of God's creativity?

The reason I mention this is to draw attention to the fact that man (humankind) is created in the image and after the likeness of God. This tells me that the vastness of God's creativity is somehow deposited within me as well! It stands to reason that if God is creative, then so must I be! At least, that is how I see it. This brings me to the second part of my thought process, which starts with Jesus giving His followers a simple instruction, "God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:19 MSG).

How do we go out and train other people in the Jesus-way of life? How do we then instruct newly-baptized people in the God-way of doing things? Well, simply putů creatively! After all, the creative geniality of Jesus is with us to the end of the age! I am not writing here to tell you how to spread the message of good news. I am also not here to prescribe a preferred method of doing this. Each of us is different, and each one of us has a unique plan for our lives blueprinted by God! This plan by God is backed up further not only with unique skill-sets, gifts and talents, but also the promise that all of this will be empowered by His Spirit!

I find it so sad that some people have the nerve to point fingers and make negative remarks on methodologies of delivering the message that differs from their own. Personally, I am not the type to take a soapbox and bullhorn to a street corner and talk to passersby. Neither am I the type to go from door to door handing out pamphlets full of pretty pictures and lots of words to strangers. However, I am as passionate about getting the message out as are the street-preachers and door-missionaries! My calling, gifts and talents lean more towards a more entertaining method. [Smiley face]. I make music, write songs, compose poems, and take photographs of people and places. The music I am involved in, the words I write and the photos I share all tell of the good news of Christ. This is the way in which I spread the gospel.

I work for an organization that has a local church, but also ministers to a global congregation by means of television. The group of people I am involved with all share a common vision - get Jesus into every home on planet earth, by whatever means you think will work. So we are involved in making movies - yes, the kind that shows in cinemas - that carry this message of love and hope. Why? Well, simply because there might be a single person out there who would never go to a 'church' but has no problem going to see a movie. If the Spirit of God can convict a movie-goer to pursue a personal relationship with the Father then we have succeeded in the instruction to instruct! Be it far from me to elevate methodologies, to promote "fail-safe" and "proven" methods. Rather, I will celebrate the creativity of God displayed through the creativity of His people to creatively come up with ways in which to represent the Kingdom to a world that needs God! Are you feeling a little creative today?