by: Scott Bakken
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1
The very first thing God did was to create. He is the original creator and it is in His very nature to create. Stop and think about that. God brought something out of nothing and for this something He gave it purpose. Light turned off the darkness, the water sustained life and man was made to be in relationship with God. Everything has been created by God and for God. In other words, everything that was created and is created serves a purpose. And God doesn’t stop creating He is constantly designing and making all things new. Within His constant creativity, He is renewing and revising, reshaping and shifting. God is never finished and His work is never complete. It is an ongoing, living, breathing and moving process. Additionally, we as humanity are made in His image; therefore it is also in our DNA to create. Recently Google announced this is Generation C, a generation that embodies 4 key characteristics: creation, curation, community and connection. One of the most influential companies on the earth reiterates what God has intended us to do. It’s in our natural design, a mirrored reflection of the original creator.
Just as God creates for purpose so does humanity. We create out of need, and to serve purpose. Yet, in all of our inventions, thought patterns and birthings, these are done to bring glory to God, to showcase the original Creator. Everything is meant to point back to the true Artist. One thing that is incredible about social apps like Instagram is the emergence in a culture capturing images of landscapes and nature. These stunning shots are connecting a culture and bringing people together. Yet, this is exactly what has been shared with us in the Psalms.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. Psalm 19:2-4
Creation gathers people around a common theme, connecting us for purpose and pointing us to the original creator. We see this so clearly in the Psalms, yet it is actually happening in our world today via social media. Each day, the glory of the Lord is on display as His creation is so wonderfully captured and shared in images simply on our phones.
The other day in conversation, someone said to me, “Socality doesn’t need to exist’. To some degree, they are right, it doesn’t. But neither does Instagram, Facebook, clothing retailers, portraits, songs, movies, books, blogs, ideas or anything for that matter. Nothing needs to exist, but it does, It exists because it is in our nature to create something out of nothing because this is the very nature of God.
And the very existence of these creations gathers people and puts God on display. For us to stop inventing and bringing forth something new would be for us to go on shut down mode and cut ourselves off from original design. It is actually impossible not to create. As long as there is breath and people roam the earth, creative forces will continue to rise, expand and bring to life that which didn’t exist before.
Below is a great short film called ‘The Painters Portrait’ directed by The Leclerc Brothers. It so clearly captures the creative soul and expresses a connection between creativity and the Creator.
Rediscovering our country's history through the tip of a brush, Alan Pape spends his days capturing on canvas what he calls "cultural landscapes" - painting historic old buildings and beautiful landscapes that tell a story from the past. The project itself was produced and directed from the Leclerc Brothers team. Shot on RED, and brought to life with help from The Music Bed. We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into this artist world. Music Licensed through The Music Bed: "Ascent" by A. Taylor, and "Tongues" by Matthew Kid. Sound Design: Zak Devries - Zak Audio wwww.Zakaudio.com
Continue to create and inspire others!
The Lecrec Brothers