A Creative Process: Based on Jesus' Life, Sacrifice, And Resurrection - Pt 1
The SOULbriety Pilgrimage
Every pilgrimage of SOULbriety will include a gateway or pathway for us to enter and exit. SOULbriety is just another way for me to describe the inheritance and the experience of the eternal alertness we have in our faith, hope, and love. SOULbriety has a way of influencing our temporal pursuits with an eternal perspective. Lent will offer us a pathway to deepen our communion, first, inwardly then, outwardly. During this season, many will join a pathway of fasting from something in order to honor and deepen themselves in the mystery of belonging to Jesus. Many will join in this sacred practice as a caravan of people eager to prepare for the remembrance of the Person and event of the Resurrection. But whether you eliminate something or not, I want to invite you to take a pilgrimage with me to notice God's redemptive and creative process. It can enlighten you on your own redemptive and creative process.
In part one of this devotion, I want to introduce you to three elements that will anchor our understanding. In part two, I will share my SOULbriety journey through discovering my creative process.
Every pilgrimage of SOULbriety will include a gateway or pathway
for us to enter and exit.
The Creative Process, Meaningful Connections
What if this Lent, you become more acutely aware of how you uniquely reflect aspects of God's redemption in His creative process in your life? When I speak of redemption, I'm referring to the full scope of things and longings that are returned to you that were taken away or misappropriated.
The creative process that I'm talking about is the activity of making meaningful connections between God's presence in your life and the divine disclosures of your identity, as He helps you birth your ideas and deep desires.
Being creative isn't about being artistic (it's not less than that, but there's so much more). More often, creativity is about reflecting and spreading His love. Creativity plays a big role in redemption and it takes on many expressions.
It can't be boxed in, so whether you know it or not, you are creative and you have a creative process that will give you greater discernment of your belonging to the Beloved in moments that you make space to heal physically or emotionally, to engage in the Scriptures or in a conversation, to paint on a canvas, or parent your child. Discovering and understanding redemption through your creative process can open you up to witness more of God's companionship in your life as He pursues your heart and your creativity. This could become a process to bring out the creativity in and through your life in ways you've never considered both intuitively carried out and intentionally planned.
Being creative isn't about being artistic...
More often, creativity is about reflecting and spreading His love.
Life, Sacrifice, and Resurrection - A Creative Process
Thankfully, it is by Jesus' Life, Sacrifice, and Resurrection that you and I have been restored in our design as beloved. Instead of thinking of these three realities in linear terms, think of them as yielding to one another in communion, not in isolation. 1. Imbibe Jesus' LIFE Knowing your spiritual gateway/pathway will give you greater discernment and awareness of how you best absorb Jesus' life. In other words, how you "live and move and have your being" (Ac 17:28) is not only spiritual, it's quite creative because of the Source—the Creator. 2. Offer up SACRIFICE The New Testament explains that Jesus is the fulfillment of all sacrifices under the New Covenant. Believers are now called to offer “sacrifices of praise” and to live as a “living sacrifice” before God. And when we do sacrifice something close to our heart in the creative process of whatever we dare to pursue: a relationship, a project, a new meal, a new business, etc., it will not be in light of what we give up, but what we gain—an audacity to praise the Father of Lights, anyway. 3. Experience the harvest of RESURRECTION This will require a brief Hebraic lesson because as we exit Lent we will enter into the reminder of daily living with a sober assessment of Passover and Jesus being our Passover lamb.
The Passover lambs were sacrificed on the 14th day of the month of Nisan, the first day of Passover was the 15th, and the Feast of First Fruits fell on the 16th of Nisan. (Bear in mind that on a Jewish calendar, a new day begins when the sun sets, not when it rises.)
And it was on the 14th day of the first Hebrew month, Nisan that Jesus' life was sacrificed. We believe that He rose from the dead on the 16th of Nisan, the Feast of Firstfruits. Christ in His resurrection is “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (I Corinthians. 15:20-23).
“Firstfruits” refers to the first portion of the harvest which is given to God. Christ rose as the first to be resurrected, and all who trust in Him will also rise from the dead in the final “harvest.” (A firstfruits ceremony is described in detail in Deuteronomy 26:1-11.)
Recognize Your Creativity And Your Creative Process Through The Creator
Although we embrace God's irrevocable promise that we, too, will be raised from the dead, in Romans 8:23 Paul shares that as the redeemed and beloved we possess the “firstfruits of the Spirit” right now. This treasure within beckons us to recognize our creativity and it compels us to interact with our grief and growth in meaningful ways.
Our daily encouragement is that the Holy Spirit gives us a foretaste of the resurrection in the ongoing experience of our day to day encounter with a creative process that reminds us that there is a greater measure to come through our Beloved's Life, Sacrifice, and Resurrection.
We can most certainly discover that oftentimes, it is in the minutia that we experience the harvest of the Resurrection Life of Christ.
Does this seem like a “bit of a stretch“? It might sound like that, but by recognizing any beneficial series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end, you can experience greater soul care, focus, and hospitality of God's steady grace in your pursuits (no matter how small or large) because the Resurrection Life lives within you.
And He delights to creatively influence every square inch of our being and doing with His Life, Sacrifice, and Resurrection.
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