Hand Me The Thing & “Let There Be…”

In the traditional sense of the word “creativity” covers painting, photography, music, sculpting and other things people wearing hemp love to do. Well, whoever you are I promise you you have your thing. It might be baking delicious cupcakes or creating incredible spreadsheets with graphs and “what if” statements! All of us have some sort of creative gifting and when paired to the application of that gifting we experience a strong sense of satisfaction.

Apart from application of your specific gifting you will have also encountered that sense of accomplishment in other things. For example, have you ever attempted the near impossible task of assembling a chair bought at Mr. Price? You always end up with at least three broken nails, a bruised ankle and slightly suspect neighbours but, in the end, you stand back and admire the chair and the way in which, by your handiwork, a collection of random kitchen utensils turned two cushions into a fully adjustable executive chair.

Ever wondered why we love this process of creation?

Have another look at the way which God created the earth (taken from The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul):

The act of creation was the first event in history.  It also was the most dazzling.  The Supreme Architect gazed at His complex blueprint and shouted commands for the boundaries of the world to be set.  He spoke, and the seas were shut behind doors and the clouds were filled with dew.

He bound the Pleiades and buckled the belt of Orion. He spoke again and the earth began to fill with orchards in full blood.  Blossoms burst forth like springtime in Mississippi.  The lavender hues of plum trees danced with the brilliances of azaleas and forsythia.

God spoke once more, and the waters teemed with living things.  The snail sneaked beneath the shadowy form of the stingray while the great marlin broke the surface of the water to promenade on the waves with his tail.  Again He spoke, and the roar of the lion was heard and the bleating of sheep.  Four-footed anumals, eight-legged spiders, and winged insects appearted. 

And God said, ‘That’s good!’

God then made us, the imitators:

Then God stooped to earth and carefully fashioned a piece of clay. He lifted it gently to His lips and breathed into it. The clay began to move. It began to think. It began to feel. It began to worship. It was alive and stamped with the image of its Creator.

We were made in the image of God – an imprint if you like. Our natural tendency is to imitate our Creator. Next time you look at a painting or read a great novel or listen to beautiful music know that it is nothing more than the manifestation of the imprint of the Great Creator. Someone somewhere designed the chair you are sitting on now and he/she did nothing more than to show the tiniest reflection of that which God did at the very beginning. Look again at creation (human creation and God’s creation) and see infinite depth in the creativity of an amazing God.
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Man Up – The Movie

God made men and woman differently, to fulfil different roles in a symbiotic relationship. Recently more emphasis has been on the men neglecting to step up and fill the role of a godly man. A role which is very necessary for a functional community.

Little help is being given to a son’s question, “Dad, what does it mean to be a man and not a woman?”

John Piper

This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but neither is tea. Here is the Anthem from the upcoming movie “Man Up”:

-The Man Up campaign is by ReachLife Ministries.

-As seen on Between Two Worlds.

Practice What Is Preached

Have you really made an impact, an impression? Does your life bear witness to your faith in Christ and show the grateful response to your undeserved salvation? No? We seem to suffer from Gospel-forgetfulness.

It might be that you are a Christian and that your desire is to apply that what you have learned. This desire is usually at its strongest after coming into contact with the Bible, be it in church, small groups or conversation with a fellow Christian; yet you find yourself a week later without a single example of a practice that is implied from what has been preached.

Think about the previous sermon at your church or application discussion during last week’s small group gathering. How much have you applied?

  • Do you approach work as if it is for God, not your employer? (Col 3:23)
  • Do you serve with the gifts which has been entrusted to you? (1 Pet 4:10)
  • Do you busy yourself with charitable deeds? (Matt 25:31-40)
  • Do you give to your church with a willing heart? (2 Cor 9:7)
  • Does your spouse become more like Jesus because of you or in spite of you?  (recipe being Eph 5:21-33)
  • etc

So how does it work? How do I apply what I heard in church, read in the Bible and discussed during my weekly small group? What is the switch that needs to be flicked? And so we turn to Thomas Manton:

“What is the reason there is so much preaching and so little practice? For want of meditation…. Constant thoughts are operative, and musing makes the fire burn. Green wood is not kindled by a flash or spark, but by constant blowing.” —Thomas Manton (1620–1677)

As we constantly ponder the things of God, of Jesus and what has been revealed to us in His word we in effect discipline our minds; we redirect our hearts and find our hands busy with the things we want them to do.

Die Harde Lewe

 

Nie totaal opgewonde oor jou werk nie?

As dit jy is, en jy is wel ‘n Christen, mag dit wees dat jy bloot nodig het om te verstaan presies hoe wat jy 8-5 doen, deel vorm van God se mandaat aan ons om Sy Koninkryk uit te bou.

Byvoorbeeld, as jy ‘n PA is, organiseer jy skedules, kalenders, e-posse. Jy redigeer dokumente, maak dit meer verstaanbaar en meer aantreklik. Jy stel ander in staat om wat hulle ook al doen beter te doen. Jy skep, vernuwe, gee name en maak bestaande dinge meer effektief werk tot voordeel van die hele samelewing.  In die algemeen, doen jy presies waarvoor God die mens gemaak het – om die aarde te bewoon en te bewerk – en die chaos wat andersins in die natuurlike wêreld bestaan, te orden (Gen. 1-2).

Daar is min beter dinge wat jy met jou lewe kan doen as presies net dit nie. Jy is immers besig om die God van Hemel en Aarde te na-aap soos wat hy die chaos in die heelal orden. ‘n Skepsel wat, soos die Skepper, Skep.

Maar dit mag wees dat jy dit verstaan van wat jy doen, asook die effek van Genesis 3 op werk (dit gebeur nie sonder blase, sweet en frustrasie nie (3:17-19)) en steeds, oor ‘n lang tydperk, geensins bevrediging ervaar in wat jy doen nie. As dit jy is, mag dit wees dat God dalk wil hê jy moet jou lewe op ‘n ander manier maak tel vir die Koninkryk.

As jy ʼn Christen is, is (of behoort) jy op sending te wees waaroor God jou op hierdie oomblik geplaas het, gee nie om wat jou werk is nie. Ons sending-velde verskil net so bietjie. Vir party is dit ‘n kantoor blok in Pretoria, vir ander ‘n klaskamer in Prieska en vir ander ‘n konstruksie-terrein in Polokwane.

Maar vir sommiges behoort dit ‘n veld in ‘n veraf plek tussen mense met ‘n vreemde taal, kultuur en argitektuur te wees, wat nodig het om vertel te word van die God van die Hemel wat Aarde toe gekom het, vir mense soos hulle.

Jou frustrasie met jou werk mag dalk die God wat in alle dinge werk vir die beswil van Sy kinders, se manier wees om jou te roep om te kom werk in daardie plek waar Hy reeds aan die werk is…

Jy? Lees meer hier.