Calling All Creatives by Sarah Edwards
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23 (ESV)
Whether it was singing, sewing, or styling, all I ever wanted to do was exercise my creativity. As a child, sometimes that looked like drawing my favorite princess character or designing dollhouses. As an adult and full-time entrepreneur, it usually takes the form of sketching logos or brainstorming new business ideas.
Entrepreneurs are a unique breed. We risk security and comfort for independence and freedom. We need liberty to utilize our imagination the moment an idea hits. We can be a bit all-over-the-place, but we thrive on the creative chaos. This kind of spontaneity can be confusing for others to understand. I’ve been told over and over again, “Sarah, just do one thing. Focus on the main thing.”
As a business owner, I understand the intention, but as a believer, I wonder, does this type of thinking line up with what Scripture tells us? Are we to focus on only one thing?
It doesn’t take long to realize the God we serve is creative. On the very first page of the Bible, in Genesis 1:1, we see that God created the Heavens and the Earth. In verse three, He made light. In verse eight, He created the expanse of the sky, and in verse nine, land.
He could have stopped here and had the most breath-taking landscape, but He didn’t, He kept going. In verse 11, He caused vegetation to sprout on the Earth - trees bearing fruit, plants yielding seed. In verses 16-19, God gave us the sun and the moon.
On the fifth day, He placed animals in the sea and birds in the sky. On the sixth day, God put beasts on the land and created man in His own image. Finally, God finished His work and rested, making the seventh day holy. (see Genesis 1:1-28 / Genesis 2:1-3)
God could have stopped at day one, but He didn’t. He chose to keep creating. Each day a new idea, each more beautiful than the one before, saving His most cherished design for last – you and me.
The Bible is full of stories of dreamers and makers. In Exodus, we read about artists and designers contributing to the construction of the Tabernacle. (see Exodus 35) In 1 Kings, we find an architect and project manager as Solomon gathers a team to build the Temple. (see 1 Kings 6) In Nehemiah, we meet builders and handymen as they work to build the wall. (see Nehemiah 3) In Proverbs 31, we read about a virtuous woman, maybe the first known boss-babe, who just so happens to be an entrepreneur.
These are just a few examples of skilled craftsmen and artists being used to advance the Kingdom. Creative, you and I are no different. You have been gifted abilities from the Most High God to be used for His glory.
So, to my fellow innovative, imaginative believers – keep going, keep creating; the Kingdom needs you. Listen closely as the Holy Spirit speaks new and fresh ideas into your life. Discern which ideas are from Him and know you have freedom to chase every dream the Lord lays on your heart. So, to answer the question above…Yes, we are to focus on the main thing, and His name is Jesus.
Creator God, I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made! Mighty are YOUR works! And I am so thankful that I am Yours! Thank You for the way You created me, for the unique skills and abilities You wove into my life when You formed me. Please help me embrace how You created me and learn to step into my Kingdom role through Christ Jesus. Teach me to refine the skills and abilities You gave me so that I may fulfill the purpose You prepared for me. Thank you for who I am in Christ Jesus. In His name, Amen.
Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV)
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Sarah Edwards is a worship leader, creative entrepreneur, interior designer, and the owner of Faint Revival, a clothing solutions line for worship leaders and presenters. Sarah gave her life to Christ at the age of five and has been serving Him ever since. She is a "chronic snacker and a hot tea connoisseur" who loves spending time outdoors with her hubby.