Top 7 Bible Verses About Creativity or Being Creative
Here are 7 of my favorite Bible verses on creativity. Which ones would you include?
God’s Gifts to Men
God is the One Who gives gifts to men and women such as creativity. Solomon didn’t ask for wealth but for wisdom and God gave it to Him. God has given each one of us certain gifts of creativity. It is up to us to discover them and then utilize them for His glory. God never asks us to do something that He doesn’t give us the ability to do so each of us have been endowed by our Creator to have specialties in differing areas, just as He has given each member of the Body of Christ gifts of the Spirit. It is my hope that these verses will show you that we all have creativities in areas that God has given to us for particular purposes and as always, they are intended to glorify God.
Exodus 35:30-33 “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with allcraftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work in every skilled craft.”
Bezalel was given special abilities and talents to work in a creative manner on the construction of the tabernacle of God. These creative abilities included intelligence, knowledge, and skill in his craft. God expected Bezalel to pass along these abilities and so He “inspired him to teach, both him and Oholiab the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer” (Ex 35:34-35). It was the Lord that gave Bezalel these creative gifts and God expected him to teach these skills to others (Ex 35:34-35).
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Just as with Bezalel, we are God’s workmanship and we were created for the purpose of glorifying God in good works. These works were “prepared beforehand” for us so “that we should walk in them” or so that we should do good things for Christ. That’s why the church is called the Body of Christ. We are to be His hands, feet, voice, eyes, and to be a body doing what Christ would be doing if He was here in His physical presence on earth. He is the Head and we are to be His Body and as His body, we are to be doing what He has sovereignly appointed us to do. We were created as His workmanship to be His working in the lives of others.
First Kings 3:12 “Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.”
Solomon could have asked for wealth, he could have asked for power, but Solomon asked for wisdom and a discerning mind and God honored that request saying that there would be “none like you” who has been so wise as him, either before or after him “so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days” (1 Kings 3:13b). Since Solomon asked for something more valuable than riches, God promised to give him a long life (1 Kings 3:14 ) and “both riches and honor” (1 Kings 3:13a).
Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
A man or woman who is skillful in his or her work will not go unnoticed by the Lord. Just to have a skill is one thing but to use it in their work is altogether different and those who have such creative skills will be noticed by God and “will not stand before obscure men” meaning that they’ll be noticed by those in the world as well. A talent that is buried is useless but a skill that is utilized displays the glory of God who gives to all those special abilities, talents, and creative skills.
First Timothy 4:14-15 “Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.”
Paul tells Timothy and us that a gift can be neglected if it’s not utilized. What good is a gift of creativity if it cannot be shared? The concept in these verses is that this gift must be practiced and the person must immerse themselves in their use of them. If they do, “all may see [our] progress” and may glorify God Who, again, is the giver of all such gifts of creativity.
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
We were created for work and if we work heartily and do it “for the Lord” knowing it really isn’t “for men” that we do it, we will receive an “inheritance as [our] reward” because in reality, we “are serving the Lord Christ” and not humans. This word for “heartily” in the Greek is “ek” and is a preposition…that is, it depends upon the effort that we put into it; therefore the impetus is upon us to do whatever we are doing in life in a wholehearted effort.
Ecclesiastes 9:10-11 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”
This is similar to Colossians 3:23-24 in that whatever we are doing, we are to be doing it with everything we’ve got. Today is the day for us to use whatever strength we have in the place where God has sovereignly placed us. In this life only can we utilize our creativities for His glory because after we pass from this earth, we can no longer do what we had opportunity to do while living here. In other words, we must take advantage of our time here on earth to work for His glory and to give it our all.
There is no doubt that every one of us has special skill and abilities and it is up to us to utilize them. When my children were young, they displayed some very creative ideas in making things which is evidence that all of us have certain abilities even from our youth. What do you believe is your creative skill or ability? In what ways do you utilize them at work, at home or in the church? Leave a comment to tell us what creative gifts or abilities you have and how you use these in your life.
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5 Bible Verses to Encourage Writers
I am a firm believer that God blesses each one of us with a talent unique to our design. For some, it may be drawing or painting, while others may have been gifted with the art of public speaking.
Are you the one everyone calls when they need a birthday cake? Can you take one look under the hood of a car and know exactly what work needs to be done? Whatever your ability, it was God who decided you would be the one able to carry out His works in that manner.
For me, I was blessed with the ability to articulate myself with a pen and paper. I have used my talents for good through my online blog described in my bio, but I have also used my talents for evil (well…evil maybe in the eyes of my former employer) in a couple negative emails. (C’est la vie.)
Regardless of the talent God gave us, we all need some encouragement in cultivating and nurturing those skills. As a writer, I often think about whether, in the big grand scheme of things, my words actually matter. I wonder if people take home the message I am trying to share. I mull over the importance of written words that may not involve a medieval fantasy with a plot twist. And I struggle with writers block almost weekly.
Today, I am sharing five Bible verses that prove just how important a writer is in sharing God’s word. I also am sharing the best way I have found to beat writers block. Let’s dive in!
5 Bible Verses For Writers
1. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Christ Jesus. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)
I think the first thing we must do is recognize that we have been given a talent to use for God’s will. Out of all His children, He wanted YOU to be the one to write and bless others through the power of words. What an honor that is!
2. “Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” – Revelation 21:5 (ESV)
This is just one of many verses that show how God uses writers for His purposes. Of all the ways God communicated with His people, He often chose writing! Many were charged with the task of transcribing His words so that His teachings could be passed on and shared. Writing is an important gift and always has been.
3. “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4 (ESV)
I like to think of this verse in a different context. Even though Christians, through Jesus Christ have been released from the law of the Old Testament, it doesn’t mean that those chapters aren’t valuable. It doesn’t mean there isn’t something to learn and apply to our everyday lives contained within those books. Those verses are timeless. When you think about it, isn’t that what we as writers want to do? Write a book that stands the test of time? A book that no matter what year it is, people can always find value within its pages. To me, this verse is an excellent reminder that it is possible, and it is important to write things that will be referenced to for generations to come.
4. “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you.” – Jeremiah 30:2 (ESV)
To me, this is just another great reminder of the importance of transcribing and putting the words God places on your heart onto paper. Stories are meant to be passed on throughout the years to come. Christ did just that by ensuring that his disciples used written words to share the good news for future generations. I can’t think of anything better to leave those who come behind you than your truths and the stories of the world through your eyes.
5. “My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.” – Psalm 45:1 (ESV)
This verse just paints the most vivid scene in my mind. I picture someone just ready, pen in hand, prepared to spill all the details of the story to his/her reader. I just envision someone with so much to share! But what if you got nothing? What if you are struggling with “writers block” and can’t seem to tap into your creativity? I believe God gives us all our creativity and ideas in hopes that we do something inspiring… something great… something that honors Him. That may look like encouraging someone; sharing personal stories to give hope to others; serving others so that they might be successful; really the list is endless.
Well, as Christians, there is no better way for our enemy to attack us than through spiritual attack. And if we are using our gifts for good, then you best believe you will see and experience a lot of barriers and roadblocks along the way. There is nothing Satan wants more than to ensure your message and writings that bring love and hope to others never see the light of day. You will find yourself distracted, uninspired, busy, and floating further and further away from God. There is honestly no better way to break your mental block than by stepping away and indulging in prayer, meditation, and God’s word.
Your business, your book, your blog, whatever will be there when you come back. I promise. He will renew your spirit. He will inspire you. He will dismantle your block brick by brick.
I hope this article reignites your passion for writing if you have been struggling. Disconnecting with the world and reconnecting with God may be just what you need to get your creative juices flowing again!
Melinda Bowens is the Owner of and the Creative behind the storytelling brand When Life, an online community where ordinary people share their extraordinary stories. People from one corner of the globe to the other share their stories of redemption, love, heartbreak, faith, hope, and everything in between. We believe in the power of stories! When Life also sells apparel and other merchandise with icons that represent the different stories that have been submitted to their website. We make it okay to wear your feelings! Melinda is married to her husband Chris and they live in Alabama with their three children; Jack, Carter, and Scarlett and their cat, Princess Boo Boo Kitty.”
Bible verses about creative writing
As a writer, called by God to write, there are certainly times when I have allowed the world to discourage me. It is a lonely venture being a writer. As a Christian writer I feel a great obligation and responsibility to represent God and not bring discredit to Him or to His Word. Christian writers face the same struggles and pressures as any other writer, but we also face a spiritual attack from the enemy who does not want us to write our message of Hope to a fallen world. May these scripture verses encourage you today!
“The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.” Deuteronomy 28:12
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
“My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.” Psalm 45:1
“The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.” Proverbs 18:4
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8
“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” Hebrews 12:12-13
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” Ephesians 6:7
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” Psalm 34:19
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24
“I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” Psalm 16:3
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:22-31
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11