So far, we’ve talked a lot about making sure that you’re in the right spirit when you ask the Holy Spirit to help you create, whether it’s combating lies or being comfortable in your own skin. The right spirit is necessary, but it’s only part of what it’s like to create with the Creator.
There’s this other part, though. A part that doesn’t change, no matter how much fun it isn’t or how frustrated you get with it.
Yes, I just said the “O” word.
In an age where our culture likes to trick us into thinking that it’s confining and detrimental to a creative spirit, I’m going to stand up and shout this one, so bear with me.
OBEDIENCE IS NECESSARY!!
Did you hear that? It’s necessary. Not because we serve a demanding God. If that were the case, then creativity would have died out long ago. No, it’s because we serve a creative God.
He is creative in that He has plans for our lives that even we can’t imagine.
He is creative in that the way He has designed for us to be part of His plans are incomprehensible.
He is creative in that His perfect will for our lives just might look completely opposite of how we had envisioned it.
And best of all? He is creative in how He shows us that we can truly trust and rely on Him.
Today, obedience looked like putting a painting for sale on Etsy. It looked like quieting the fears and squashing them by walking in obedience.
Today, obedience also looked like printing off a free preschool program so that I can work on it with my girls.
Two weeks ago, it looked like squashing lies one by one until I realized that I didn’t have to hang onto them anymore.
Yesterday, it looked like learning a yoga pose that relieved my aching young mama back (something that even Tylenol wasn’t touching!)
Obedience brings amazing joy. It seems crazy, but it really does work that way.
Obedience brings joy. And when I’m walking in joy, I’ll gladly walk in obedience.
Obedience brings joy. Not obedience to others or to the list of doing things because the Bible says so, but I guarantee that if you start with what the Bible says is living in obedience, you’ll start living in joy.
In Nehemiah, we find that God’s people had been starved from the Word. In this instance, they had not been taught what the Scriptures (the Law of Moses, recorded mostly in Exodus) required of them. Ezra, the priest, read the Scriptures to them…and they listened. They were hungry for the Word, guys, in ways that we in America just don’t see.
Here’s my favorite part: “So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness” (Nehemiah 8:17, NKJV, emphasis mine).
There was very great gladness. They obeyed the teachings of the Law…and there was very great gladness.
I want to encourage you today to walk in obedience. Not for the sake of the church leaders you’d like to impress. Not for the sake of the men and women who have taught you along the way. No, only for the sake of Christ. Only for Him and His relationship with you.
Obedience brings joy. It really is that simple. It is also necessary if you’re going to create with the Spirit.