In God’s Imagination

In my prayer time this morning I was reflecting on the love and grace that God has showered on us, creating us in His image and likeness, making us His temple. What really stood out to me today was the idea that we have been made in the image of God. 

There’s a lot in that statement, more than I’m sure I’ve ever grasped. One thing that continually stands out to me when I think of that phrase is how closely the word image is linked with the word imagination. It makes the phrase take on new meaning for me. 

Here’s how Genesis 1:27 reads  “So God (Elohim- The Creator) created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

Now read it with the word imagination replacing the word image. “So God (Elohim- The Creator) created mankind in his own imagination, in the imagination of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

As someone who is a recovering self-loather, I have to pause when I think that I have been created in the image (imagination) of God. All of us have been. When the Creator uses His imagination, He creates things in His image. It makes me wonder, how creative are we if we are trying to imitate someone else in our work? Do I write songs so I can sound like Mumford and Sons or do I write songs to sound like Rick Lee James?

When God uses His imagination and creates, the creation ends up being like Him. We see this in all creation. Animals, mammals, trees, oceans, mountains, people,  and everything else in creation reflect some aspect of who God is.

So here’s are some questions.

Does our best art reflect who we are?

Is it good art if it doesn’t say something truthful about it’s creator? 




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Rick Lee James

Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.