Creative Arts

CREATIVITY: GOD'S GIFT

So what is creativity and where does it come from? When God created the world, he created man and woman in his own image. He told them to be fruitful and multiply and to rule over all that he had created. As part of that rule God had Adam name the animals. This was one of the first recorded creative acts of man. He also placed Adam and Eve in the garden and gave them work to do. That work involved thinking, planning and decision making, all of which are aspects of the creative process.

After the fall we find that mankind’s creativity continued, although it was now stained by sin. In the early chapters of Genesis we see the rise of agriculture, the building of cities, the forging of tools and even the beginning of music. We read in Genesis 4:21 that “Jubal … was the father of all who played the harp and flute.” In short, we find the beginnings of human culture, as man began to put into practice the creative gifts that God had given him to fulfill his task of ruling over creation

And so God, the creator, is the source of all creativity, and in creating man in his own image, He gave man gifts of creativity also. 

Exodus 31:1-6 -Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts — to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you.”

In Exodus 31:1-6 God is telling Moses who will be in charge of building the tabernacle. But the text also contains four very important principles for us as we consider Gods "GIFT OF CREATIVITY"

1. God chooses to whom he gives gifts. (1-2)

The first thing we learn from the text is that God chooses to whom He gives gifts. Look at verses 1-2: “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.’” The word translated “chosen” in this verse is a word that means “called or commissioned.” You have heard of people commissioning art work to be done before. Well, here God commissions Bezalel son of Uri for the work of overseeing the building of the tabernacle. God had gifted Bezalel for this task. God chooses to whom he gives gifts.

We find this principle throughout Scripture. It is true of spiritual gifts. In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul lists a number of the gifts and then he says, “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines” (1 Cor.12:11). Hebrews 2:4 also speaks of “gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” 

But spiritual gifts are only one example of this. God is the giver of all gifts, and He chooses which gifts to give to whom. God did not create everyone the same. To some he gives artistic ability, to others musical ability, to others the ability to make things with their hands. God in his wisdom gave you exactly the creative gifts that he wanted you to have. Your gifts are part of who you are. They are part of the person that God created you to be. We should receive those gifts with thanksgiving and use them to the best of our ability. 

2. God gives knowledge, skill, ability and craftsmanship. 

The second thing we learn from our text is that God gives knowledge, skill, ability and craftsmanship. Look at Exodus 31 again: “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.” (Ex. 31:2-3)

Apparently this man, Bezalel, was a master craftsman. He was filled with the Spirit of God in knowledge, skill and ability to do the work of building the tabernacle. God had clearly chosen Bezalel for this task long before he revealed it to Moses. Moses didn’t just walk down the mountain and find that Bezalel could suddenly do all these things. God doesn’t work that way. God had been preparing Bezalel all along. And Bezalel would have had to work hard to develop those gifts as well. Still, God chose him for this task, and with that in mind, He “filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts.”

Now we are not all going to be like a Bezalel. It seems that Bezalel was an extraordinarily gifted man. You and I will probably not attain to the same level of skill and mastery that Bezalel obviously had. And that’s okay. God not only chooses to whom He gives gifts; He also chooses how much of any gift he gives to each person. But the point is this. Whatever knowledge, skill and ability you have comes from God.  James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.” 

Do you have knowledge in a certain area? Do you have special abilities? Do you have skills that you have been able to develop beyond what the average person can do in that area? God gave that to you. It comes from Him. God gave you your creative abilities, and you need to honor him with the gifts He has given you. God gives knowledge, skill, ability and craftsmanship.

3. God gives a wide variety of creative gifts. (4-5)

The third thing we learn from our text is that God gives a wide variety of creative gifts. Going back to Exodus 31, look at verses 4-5. When God gifted Bezalel, he gave him knowledge, skill and ability “to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.” 

Bezalel wasn’t just given one gift, say, the ability to work with gold. Bezalel was skilled in many mediums – gold, silver and bronze. He knew how to cut stones and place them in beautiful settings. He understood carpentry and how to work with wood. Apparently he knew much more, because verse five finally stops listing all his different skills and just says he was able to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. 

God gave Bezalel a wide variety of gifts. And that was all just one person!  Rom. 12:6 says, “We [all] have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” God in His grace gives a wide variety of gifts to all people everywhere. 

And so when we think of creative gifts, we should not limit ourselves to just thinking about the creative arts – painting, sculpture, writing, music, dance, design, photography, and so on. All of human endeavor involves creative gifts and abilities, from a simple setting of the table for dinner to the building of a vast cathedral. 

Every person is a creative person. It’s true. Anytime you put part of yourself into a task or project you are being creative. Anytime you organize or decorate something you are being creative. Anytime you solve a problem you are being creative. Anytime you inject humor into a situation you are being creative. Anytime you apply the knowledge, ability and skill that God has given you to the task at hand, you are being creative.

So when you think about creativity, don’t just think about the arts! God gives a wide variety of creative gifts, and He has given creative gifts to you, too. And there is a reason God gave you the specific gifts that make you who you are.

4. God’s gifts have a purpose. (6)

And that leads us to our fourth and final point. God’s gifts have a purpose. Look at verse 6 where God expands the creative task for building the tabernacle beyond just Bezalel: “Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you.” (Ex. 31:6)

Why did God give Bezalel and Oholiab and all the other craftsmen their specific skills? I am sure they used those skills for many other things as well, but God also had a specific purpose in mind for them. God had given them all the particular skills they needed in order to build the tabernacle, and not just to build it, but to build it according to God’s exact specifications, as God told Moses, “to make everything I have commanded you.”

God gives creative gifts for a purpose. Part of that purpose is simply for us to fulfill our role as human beings made in the image of God.  

Too often we think of Christianity only in terms of the Bible, prayer, and church on Sunday mornings. But as important as all those things are, the Christian life is so much bigger than that. Christianity is all about being human to the glory of God. And so that means taking all that God has created in this world and all of human culture and creativity and then returning it to God in praise. As Paul says in 1 Timothy 4:4 “Everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.” 

The church (believers) lost its influence in the world, because it lost interest in the world that God created. How sad! As Christians we should not only be interested in Christianity. 

Beyond the general overall purpose of reflecting the image of God in society by exercising your creative gifts, God also has some specific purposes for the gifts he has given you. Going back to the tabernacle in Exodus 31, God had a very specific purpose for the creative gifts he gave to Bezalel and Oholiab. How about for New Testament believers today? 

Eph. 2:10 says that “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Isn’t that awesome? Just as Bezalel and Oholiab produced quality workmanship for the tabernacle, you are the workmanship of Almighty God. And God has not only prepared specific works for you to do, but he also created you with the specific gifts necessary to do those good works. Make no mistake about it. God’s gifts have a purpose, and God has a purpose for the creative gifts he has given you.

CONCLUSION: In summary: 1) God chooses to whom He gives gifts; 2) God gives knowledge, skill, ability and craftsmanship; 3) God gives a wide variety of creative gifts; and 4) God’s gifts have a purpose.

What should our response be to all this?

1) Always thank God for the creative gifts He has given you. Do not put down your gifts. Do not envy the gifts of others. Do not boast in your gifts. Rather, thank God for the specific gifts he has given you, and do so with a spirit of humility and wonder.

2) Develop and Use your creative gifts.Remember the parable of the talents? God does not want you to bury your gifts in the ground. If you have a sharp mind, develop it! If you have the ability to produce beautiful things with your hands, produce them! Work hard, and develop the gifts God has given you. The Bible says, “To whom much is given, much will be required.” Take the gifts that God has given you, develop them to the best of your ability, and then use them in loving service to God and others.

3) Engage in all the life God has given you for His glory. Remember, “Everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.” (1 Tim. 4:4)  No matter where your gifts or interests lie, God can use you to bring him glory in this world. 

 

Mike Ramirez/ThroneStudio

Born in a single parent home, Mike' s mother raised 4 children ( Mike being the youngest) and they all serve in their own ministry. Mike started his ministry as a youth pastor since 1994, through life's journey his ministry ThroneStudio was birth on Easter of 2015. He took a step of faith and has been full time ministry since October of 2015. Along with his beautiful wife Lori they serve and are members of Cross Church in San Benito Tx. ThroneStudio is a ministry expressing the WORD through paint (live painting). His passion is to PAINT and PREACH the WORD! 

Worship Ministry and Administration

When you think of worship ministries you may think of musicians, vocalists, mics, cables, instruments, sound systems, and possibly platform set-up. However on rare occasions does one ever consider the ‘behind-the-scenes’ aspects of what it really takes to keep a team growing and developing, unless of course you are a full-time worship director/pastor on staff. In my 13 plus years of being a worship leader I never saw administration as a vital and productive aspect for worship ministry growth and development, until 2007 when I was a volunteer vocalist and lead-out for a church in Arlington, Texas. The team was about 40 plus in membership and I would often wonder how the team stayed so organized. I noted the different departments that existed under the umbrella of “worship ministry.” There were several areas that existed and the majority of them were off the platform and were rarely or never seen in services or events at the church. This inspired me to learn how the departments functioned individually and corporately. The first thought that came to mind was organization. The team was organized, and yet it was done with such professionalism. So one day I sat with my worship director/pastor and asked him, “Who is the leadership of the team and what do they oversee and do?” The answer to that question was the spark of what God would later develop and implement through me starting in 2011 as a full time worship director. That spark was administration.

             So what exactly is worship team administration and why is it necessary for a worship ministry? Administration is the backbone of a worship ministry because it helps keep the structure and organization of your ministry intact, growing, and consistently developing. Worship team administration is worship ministry beyond the platform. Is it work? Yes. Is it another item on the plate for worship leaders/pastors, directors? Yes. Is it worth it? You better believe it. When is the last time you created an organizational department chart for your team to see the branches of your team, or lack thereof? How do you recruit for your worship ministry and is it effective? What documentation and processes do you use for recruiting new members, worship leaders, and lead-outs for services? These are just some of the questions that effective administration can help answer. God is constantly showing me new ways to administrate with my worship team as well as with those teams I consult with. God is in the business of administrating. If you don’t believe me just ask a local pastor who’s running a full-time staff of 2 to 20 plus people. God wants us to be organized because he requires excellence in everything we do for His kingdom. Notice I said excellence not perfection. We need to be good administrators because we, along with our teammates, are imperfect people…Hello! As a leader, God has called you to steward the people you oversee with excellence and clarity of the vision put forth from your Senior Pastor. My prayer for you is this: That God would give you deeper insight and creativity with growing and structuring your team through effective administration. It is a passion of mine to help worship ministries grow in this aspect of leadership development. If you have any questions or need help administrating your team, I am here to help and assist you. God bless you.  

 “Excellent preparation omits unnecessary frustration and leads to clear direction and organization.” – Tad Ruiz

 

Tad Ruiz is the owner and founder of Adoration Seminars, where he serves to help develop, structure, and grow individuals and teams musically. Tad also serves as a worship leader at Iglesia Del Pueblo in Mission, Texas. He blogs for www.rgvchristianevents.com. Tad is also an accomplished songwriter. He currently holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Worship Studies with a Leadership Cognate. Tad’s desire is to see individuals grow to the next level in their lives. You can find out more about Adoration Seminars on Facebook. For more inquires you can email Tad at AdorationSeminars@gmail.com. www.AdorationSeminars.com.

3 Things Every Worship Leader Should Know

His PRESENCE

- You can't take people to a place you have never been.  You can't express what you have never  felt.  When you know the presence of God, it will no longer be about what your presence can do in a room.  It will be about what His presence can and will do while you are in the room!  When you truly invest into getting to know someone, you invest into their heart and they invest into yours.  The benefit?  A genuine relationship.  If you learn to invest in knowing His presence, your relationship with Him will be evident.  You are who you surround yourself with, so surround yourself with His presence!

"Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence." (Psalm 140:13 NIV)

His VOICE

- Think about this:  when your phone rings and it says "Dad", maybe you get excited.  What makes the call truly from your dad?  It is not the name on the phone, for all you know it could be your mom using your dad's phone.  What makes it truly a call from your dad?  His voice.  The moment you hear his tambour, there is no doubt it's him calling.  How do you know your fathers voice so well?  You've heard it for many years!  You've been in communication.  Talk to God.  Listen to His tambour when He speaks.  He has called you to be a worshiper and placed you in  leadership to release and speak what He wants to say.  If you don't know His voice, you won't have direction.  As worship leaders we must learn His voice so we can lead people every time to a place of genuine worship.

“Listen, my people, and I will speak" (Psalm 50:7 NIV)

His HEART

- Think of your heart for a second.  It's a well of emotions.  It's so fragile, yet it was created to specifically pump life into your entire being.  The heart of God does that for you and I.  When you know what's in His heart for you, it gives you life!  If you can discover what He feels for you and the plans for you, then the ten or thousands of people you lead in worship will get to encounter His heart through you!

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." (Matthew 5:8 NIV)

By: Eunice Rodriguez

Eunice Rodriguez was born September 13, 1984 in the city of Baytown, TX. She is currently the Worship Pastor at Emanuel Church where her parents are also the Senior Pastors. Today, she travels around the world ministering through prophetic praise and worship.