Creativity has a sound. It has a voice. This is so because, from the very beginning of time, God built creativity into the system of the universe. Think about it. From the very words that God spoke forth, He created the world in a period of six days. We know that, on the first day of creation, God created light. Genesis 3:1 tells us plainly,
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
Now, I want to point something out. Many times, we think that the first thing to exist within the heavens and the earth, other than God Himself, was light. After all, it was the first recorded aspect of creation. Yet, from the text above, we have a clue that something else existed before light. What did God do to create light? He spoke. In order for Him to have spoken, what must have been present? Sound! Thus, we can rightly conclude that before light existed, sound was already in existence. Light was created through sound. In fact, all things were created through sound.
With this understanding, we can see that creativity has an inexplicable link to sound. Sound was the catalyst through which God chose to create the world. Why did He do this? Only God fully knows why, but I would like to submit that there is particular creative power that exists in the realm of sound in ways that it does not exist anywhere else. There is power in sound.
Here’s the other thing: God did not hoard all the creativity to Himself. No, I believe He built creativity into the very systems of the world. That especially includes humankind. We can infer this from Genesis 1:26–27:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
From this, we can clearly see that God created man in His own image. God is a creative God, yes? Likewise, we know that man was created in the image of God. Therefore, man has the same distinct creative capacity and qualities that God has. Now, I am not saying that man can create another universe! We have to remember that, while man is a creative being, he is not omnipotent, omnipresent, or omniscient. Thus, man’s creativity has limits; whereas, God’s creativity knows no bounds. Yet, I still have to believe that every person contains an innate desire for creativity.
The bottom line is this: We are created to be creative. I firmly believe that everyone is creative in one way or another. Someone who is not very artistic or poetic or musical may find him/herself saying, “I am not a very creative person.” However, I must disagree. What that person might mean to say is, “I am not very artistic” or “I am not very musically talented.” Yet, any person who says, “I am not very creative” is unintentionally telling a lie. Everyone is creative at something. It is just that creativity has a much broader definition than most people realize.
Some people are really good at art, sculpting, poetry, interior design, creative writing, music, or working with their hands. These types of activities are typically viewed as creative activities in today’s society. However, other people are really good at writing up business proposals, putting together mathematical formulas, running a schedule, or coming up with a game plan in sports. These, too, are all activities that are dripping with creativity, even though they are not as readily viewed as being creative activities. Creativity spans way beyond the arts. Anything that involves bringing forth a new concept or idea, making something new out of something old, or solving a problem in a specific way is a form of creativity. Mirriam Webster’s dictionary defines creativity as, “The ability to make new things or think of new ideas.” The possibilities are endless for what this could include, and I believe that every person has this ability in one way or another.
So from now on, those who are reading this book are no longer allowed to say, “I am not a very creative person,” because it’s not true! We are all creative in one way or another. Why is this important? This is important because I believe creativity is directly linked to worship. We worship God through our creativity. Another word for creativity is talent. Everyone is talented at something, and it is through those talents that we can and should express our worship to the Lord. Let us consider the following parable:
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have now sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
Many believe this passage is a description of salvation, thinking that the wicked servant is sent to hell because he was not responsible with what God had given him. However, I do not agree with this interpretation, for it implies that salvation is dependent on our own works rather than on His work on the cross. I do not believe the “outer darkness” in this passage refers to hell but rather a place of loneliness and sorrow for those who regret not using what God has given them more wisely.
The use of the word talents in this passage is coincidental, as the talent was a form of money for exchange in Jesus’ day. Yet, I have to wonder if there is more than a coincidence here. The point of the passage is that we are to take what God has given us and multiply it, making something great out of it (i.e., creativity!). Thus, this would include our talents and giftings as well as our material possessions. All are from God and all are entrusted to us, that we may be good stewards of what He has given us.
As we can see from the parable, God takes very seriously the things He chooses to entrust us with. Therefore, if the Lord gives us a creative talent, it would be a great disservice to Him just to sit on it, hide it, and do nothing with it. That does not glorify Him. That does not show true worship to Him. Rather, God receives glory when His children take what He has given them and create something even more beautiful out of it. This is true worship unto the Lord.
It is for this reason that I am connecting the concept of sound with creativity and the concept of creativity with worship. Our acts of worship stem from our God-given talents and creativity, and our creativity has a unique sound to it. Even if it does not have a literal sound, it most certainly has a voice—a capacity for impact, a cause for recognition, and a call to bring God glory. We must keep these concepts at the forefront of our minds. We must remember that worship and creativity are inextricably linked, and that each aspect of a worship has a specific sound that the world needs to hear today. It is time for believers to stop passing the baton of creativity to the world and instead start making the most of the creative gifts we have. God has given us what we need, and the world needs what God has given us.