“God loves you!” A common phrase, but not a common love. God’s love is multifaceted. An eternity is not enough to fully understand His love. God loves more than the sinner and saint. He loves more than what we know.
As a creative, I often wonder if God loves what I create. Not the creation itself, but the reflection it shows of the creator. Imagination is not certain and the creative process can be shrouded in doubt until the creation is finished. In the moment of completion it is easy to doubt if God loves what we have created.
In the previous blogs ("Creative Fruit" & "Abide") we have talked about the creation process. It begins with God’s thoughts/ His words and the process continues through abiding in His Word, producing creative fruit at the right time. However, the most important part of the creative process is living on the love of the Creator.
The love of God is an energetic force that cultivates our inner man for the production of fruit. In John 15:9-10 Jesus says “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love (KJV).” In order to stay in the love of God, His commandments must be followed. His commandments are found in the Word of God.
The Word of God expresses the love of God. Once we have sown that word into our minds and treasure it in our hearts a love is produced for the nature of God. Ultimately, we desire to have that same nature in all things, especially in what we create.
If we remember to believe this, "If it is by the love of God I create, then He is sure to love the creation.", there will be no need to doubt if God loves the reflection of his majesty in our work.
This is not to deny our feelings of inadequacy. When we are finished creating it is important to affirm ourselves and our work. Even God affirms His creation. God constantly “saw that it was good” after completing His work in Genesis.
Next time you complete a creative work and are doubtful of its goodness, please remember that as you are standing in God’s Word and abiding in His love, you will create what is good and God will love it, because God loves you.