Creating and Giving

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We tend to think of creativity as reserved for the visual or performing arts. It is important to not compartmentalize our lives. There is not a calling exclusively designed for creating and another exclusively for serving. The most mundane of activities are opportunities for creative service and giving. We are CREATED by a CREATING GOD. All our labors exist as part of our redemptive calling.

Creating – We believe Christians find joy and purpose in their work as they participate in God’s redemptive mission. Whether you’re a business executive or a barista, a scholar or a student, a pastor or a layman, what you do matters to God. And how you do it can bring a spark of hope to a dark world
Giving – Since the heart of the gospel is God’s generosity to us at great cost to himself, we reach out and give generously of ourselves to others, both those inside the church and those outside the church. We give our time, money, people and facilities, sharing what God has so freely given to us for the sake of his kingdom.
What is the connection between Work and Fellowship?
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Creativity is an outward expression, Fullness is found in Giving. The following is taken from a blog post written about my bride as I unexpectedly discovered the beauty of her creative service.

We tucked in the kids and headed to the kitchen. It was that time of day when spouses finish chores and debrief the ebb and flow of life. Tonight the dishes were piled a bit higher because the ladies of the house had made cupcakes, frosted cookies and marshmallow strawberry treats. This is ironic because our family does not eat many sweets. In fact, there is not one sweet treat made in our home which does not end up at our church or neighbors house. So there we were, cleaning dishes and chatting about parenting, friends, work and what not. Then came the blind side. “I sure love cooking, but these dishes gotta go” It took a moment to sink in before I realized what she said. The girl who claims she can’t draw stick figures had just confessed she was an artist. The curtain had been pulled back. It was a glimpse into the sweet creative mind. The mind that delights in creating. In my bride I saw a reflection of God’s image which takes tasteless things and turns them into beautiful objects, sweet and delightful. Many people think artist are creative. This is only part true. Real creativity is rooted in love. God is love and He is the ultimate artist. Every time we create (songs, cupcakes, friendships, houses, paintings, jet planes, heart valves etc..) we reflect the Father’s image. When creating is born from love you have art. Life is a grand canvas, and he has given us a sweet creative mind.

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