God loves beauty. Since we are made in His image, this means that we are creative beings designed to resonate with beautiful things and to fight for beauty in order to effect positive change in the world.
If we doubt that God loves the creative arts, we need only to look at the ways He has designed His dwelling places—filled with beautiful objects and exquisite craftsmanship—or how He has filled His written word with poetry and songs. Indeed, the very first people said to be filled with God’s Spirit were craftsmen (Exodus 31:1–5). Jesus Himself was a carpenter and a storyteller. Throughout God’s creation and His Word, we see creativity and the arts.
It is possible that you’ve come to the end of this week’s study believing that you are not particularly creative. If so, take heart: every human being, without exception, is endowed with creativity because we are each made in the image of our Creator God. You don’t have to be an artist, poet, or dancer to exercise creativity or to enjoy the arts. Every area of life is an opportunity to ask questions with an open mind and then bring your own particular skills and experience to bear in ways that benefit yourself and others. And almost all of us can learn to appreciate some area of the arts: whether it’s listening to our favorite songs in the car, watching a good movie with friends, or curled up with a good book on a rainy day. These activities can bring life to our souls and joy to our hearts. And joy itself is one aspect of the kingdom of God (Romans 14:17).