Called to Create: A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate and Risk by Jordan Raynor
To me, Called to Create is a book that shines a light on questions that has plagued the human mind with respect to Christianity and work. It provides sound theological references and real life stories of people who are living with intentionality, placing the connection between God and work at the forefront of their actions. In this post, I am sharing some of the truths found within the pages of the book.
- We are created in the image of God. As Christians, we are called to ‘reflect God’s character and for His glory’. The first character of God that we are shown in the Word is God, the Creator. By understanding this crucial fact that we are created to create (among other things) will enable us approach our work and life in a different way.
- Our work is inherently good and meaningful. Our work is an act of worship to God. Col 3:23. The author also shone a light that our highest calling is in being who God wants us to be and in glorifying Him i.e. there is no ranking of work.
- When we meet someone, in the first series of questions, we ask what they do. It usually leads people to defining themselves by their work. Quoting the book, “We are children of God. Because of the gospel, our work becomes the expression of our identity and not the source of it.” I find this so freeing. Our work and accomplishments cannot save us but that’s fine because we are saved by faith already!
- Flee mediocrity! We are to strive for excellence in everything we do because as image-bearers of God, we should seek to imitate Him in everything we do.
“If we trust God’s Character and steward the talents he has given us well, we can rest knowing that the results are in his hands, that he is in control and is working everything for our good”
One thing I loved about the book is that it was also very practical. It addressed what our response to failures should be; how our failures are part of our stories which God is using for His glory. The author reminds us to commit ourselves to the process of renewing our minds in an attempt to ‘augment reality’ as we create. Our work matters in the God’s kingdom. We should live with that intentionality.
I hope this will implore you to read the book for yourself, it has been my favorite book of the year so far. Please do share with me interesting books that you are reading.