I can give you but a few things as you head out the door. But mostly—I can give you love and a glimpse of you through the eyes of the Creator. “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31 ESV).
It’s difficult to think about the amount of testing we’ll endure in a lifetime. A driver’s test. A chemistry test. A blood test. Or a personality test—may all be examinations we are familiar with.
Let’s face it, most tests we’d rather not take. But what about the test about us? With an intimate peek into who the Creator purposed us to be. A test that’s way more intricate, packed with adventure, and sometimes a tear. In fact, we can look at the interpretation mirrored in The Message.
“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing your creative best you can with your own life.”(Galatians 6:4-5).
Who Am I?
I can’t help but wonder what my “creative best” looks like, especially when reflected in the eyes of the One who formed me…who formed you. We see the words “careful exploration” indicating yet another test with some tough questions. The first being, “Who am I?”
According to the first chapter of Genesis, we are not just a spontaneous sentence or thought—we are a design. A creative design. Every eyelash placed perfect, every tenacious trait, and every soft whisper…all planned out. We are not the perceptions of others—although they may want to impose this upon us—we are the reality of the Living God.
God used the word behold after creating us. His masterpiece in mind from the start. The word behold defined in Webster to mean: feast your eyes upon. “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31) ESV.
Like a piece of art that takes your breath away, and makes you want to gasp it’s goodness close, one glance at the beauty of it all, and God spoke the words, “very good.”
Now, let’s take a look at verse 4 of Galatians again: “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that.”
How do we “sink into” such a thought? How do we settle into this feathery softness, a place so safe and deep it refuses to let go? Well, as the created, we can only rest when we sink into the purpose fashioned for us.
Our purpose, again when we look at Galatians, is not to be impressed with ourselves, or compare ourselves to others but it says, “Take responsibility by doing your creative best you can with your own life.” (Gal. 6:5) The Message.
Why Was I Created?
So, it seems we were made to create! Not only are we a masterpiece, but we have a responsibility to create a masterpiece in the WAY we live. For instance, our creative best highlights the best in others. We can’t help it! Because while the world is focused on flaws, we’re looking at the good in our best friend, the best about a family member, and the greatness of the church.
Our creative best also takes time to worship the Creator. We learn more about Him through His word. We learn more of Him in prayer. And we learn the most about ourselves when we make our “best” about God. With all the demands on our time—our moments count most when we give them to God.
If we glance at Galatians again, we see that we need to be responsible. Not responsible for the actions of others, but our reactions to life and others around us. Responsibility means looking to God’s word for instructions on how to live, and then doing our best to follow those precepts. Besides guidance, God offers splashes of grace and forgiveness along the way–we can offer these gifts to others. Grace, grace, creative grace!
So…our creative best is just that, the best we can be-with God along the way. It’s not a perfect picture we’re creating. It’s not a perfect life. In fact, it may not be the masterpiece we had in mind. But if God’s designing it, this we know for sure, “God saw everything He had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31).
- Are the friends or people you choose to surround yourself with, bringing out the creative best in you?
- Are you feeding into the lives of others at this time? How might others see a brush stroke of kindness from you?
- Do you have someone in your life you can ask to be an accountable “creative best” partner.
- Is there a favorite scripture verse that helps you see your purpose, or capture a glimpse of who God created you to be?