I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 93
This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.
Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Creativity, Part 1 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.
Creativity vs. Underachievement
Creativity is cultivating wise thoughts, prudent words, and skillful actions to carry out God’s will.
The Hebrew word for create is bara’. It means “to shape, fashion, create.” It was used to define God’s creation of man in Genesis 1:27. A similar word—yatsar—was used in Genesis 2:7, when God formed man from the dust of the ground. Yatsar describes the action of a potter forming a vessel for a particular purpose. (See Isaiah 29:16.) The wisdom and understanding of the Creator is expressed and demonstrated in that which He creates.
Creativity is used for making not only things but also plans. Thus, the following two words amplify the quality of creativity:
Cunning—This word combines skill, inventiveness, and cleverness with creativity. Genesis 25:27 says, “Esau was a cunning hunter”, I Samuel 16:16 says David was “a cunning player on an harp”, and Daniel 1:4 says Daniel was “cunning in knowledge”.
Subtilty—Subtilty is the ability to strategize to accomplish a goal. It is using discretion and prudence in working out a plan. The Proverbs are written “to give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion”.
What Is the Purpose of Creativity?
The foundation of every character quality is genuine love, and one of the best ways to express love is through good works.
Creativity is necessary to effectively carry out good works. The great importance of good works is indicated by the many Biblical references to them.
Romans 12:21 says “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good”.
2 Corinthians 9:8 says “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”.
Galatians 6:10 says “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith”.
Colossians 1:10 says “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God”.
Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.
John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God bless you.