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Day 30 | In The World – Application

Read 1 Timothy 4

As 1 Timothy 4 so beautifully puts it, we have an obligation and responsibility regarding creation and creativity. We are to steward and acknowledge creation with thanksgiving. In 1 Timothy 4:4, we find “everything created by God is good.” If everything God created is good, we must praise Him for what He has given. Go outside and take a few moments to sit and observe. Write down some of the things you see in nature you are genuinely grateful for. It could be something visible like the beauty of the flowers by your neighbor’s mailbox, or something invisible like the sun’s warmth stretching across your face. Think about the beautiful creation of God’s design for marriage or the joy your children bring to your life. All of these things display God’s creativity and His love. He uses all things to point others to Himself.

As creations of the Creator, we have an obligation to use our gifts and talents to create as well. Whether you are an artist or an accountant, God has given us all unique talents with the purpose of giving Him glory. Take time to reflect on how you can use your giftings to create something that points others to Him. In action, word, and deed, we have this amazing opportunity to use our God-given talents and creativity to honor Him.

I love how this chapter closes: ”Pay close attention to your life and your teaching, persevere in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16). Whether you feel like a particularly creative person or not, we all create things each and every day. We have an opportunity with our words and hands to create things that lead others toward Him or away from Him. How can you point someone to Christ today through His creation and His attribute of creativity within you?

Pray for inspiration to create for His glory, in a manner that points people to Christ and isn’t hidden away.