Stand Before Kings

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In a world of advancing technology our scenes are awash with start-up companies, freelancers and creative industry professionals. Many of us choose to personally identify as a 'creative' and enjoy the label.

Let's take a second to dispel a modern myth. One increasingly common flaw encountered when pursuing creativity is to mistakenly ring fence 'creatives' as a curious clique that cannot be freely accessed or permeated. Truth is, we are all gifted differently and uniquely by the Chief Architect of the heavens and galaxies. The Ultimate Designer. Simply stated, if we are made in the image of our maker, then each of us are, by nature, a 'creative.'

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
— Ephesians 2:10

Some of our skill sets sit naturally on the surface and spring to mind with ease, whilst others may take weeks, months or even years to mature and fully flourish. The wonder of journeying with God in our gifting is that we are continually discovering more about the talents that He has instilled in us even before we were born. The key rests in frequently choosing to ask God to reveal more clearly what lies at your fingertips so that you can form an intimate and unbreakable bond with your God-given purpose.

Our creative gifts and natural affinities were entrusted to us by a generous God and act as our individual gift to the world. They ultimately find their home and greatest purpose when used for the things of God and His Kingdom work. They are our means of interpreting, relating and connecting with our context and others who inhabit it. They have the ability to dramatically alter the present world we live in and positively shape the future one we will one day leave behind.

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it
— 1 Corinthians 3:10

We are called to pursue excellence in our creative gifting, remaining grounded in humility and with a servant heart that beats loudly for those around us. Pursuing excellence and building into our craft grants opportunity to earn a voice and use it as a valuable tool to communicate with others. We should move, live, operate and create with the expectation that God will bless what we bring and use it for His glory - blazing a vibrant trail that leaves the world refreshed, inspired and breathless.

Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
— Proverbs 22:29

If you choose to root yourself in God using His principles to establish yourself as an authority, you can expect to attract and captivate an audience. Every day you negotiate your sphere as a thought leader in your field and an ambassador of Jesus.  Others will follow the example of Christ that you set. If you are running persistently and passionately after God, then your captive audience have potential to unite with their Creator and this is the space in which transformation is made possible.

I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
— Psalm 139:14

Never fall into the trap of consistently comparing your creative skill set to others. Work hard to grow, learn and progress. Benefit and bless others by developing them and investing in them and allow them to do the same with you. Creative collaboration is distinctly fresh and innovative, and could be our greatest asset. When all is said and done, your gift is not about you. No ego should exist when God is indisputably foundation and centre. 

Our attitude towards our personal gifting should chase after excellence without ever making the mistake to strive for perfection. There is nothing wrong with raising your game as long as your eyes are set on the One you are doing it for. How you choose to steward your gifts daily and the variety of ways in which you serve others with what God has laid in your hands should reflect your Creator and position others closer to Him.

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.
— Colossians 3:23-24
 
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