A Creative Confrontation
The Foundation of the Old

The Correct Interpretation

"He said to them, 'Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old'” -- Matthew 13:52.

Jesus was instructing His disciples that anyone entering the Kingdom who had been a teacher of the Law was in a unique position. That person would have a rich heritage of tradition, yet would also encounter and see new things that would enable them to creatively combine old principles with new concepts. We will see tomorrow that the Apostle Paul epitomized this concept, but for now, let's apply it to creativity in general. Most people believe that creativity is doing, thinking, or making something that no one in the history of the world has ever done, thought, or made. Most times, that is not the case. Instead, creativity is taking something old, like water, combining it with something else, like a plastic bottle, and meeting a new need (portable water available anywhere) to create something new but not unheard of. Do you have the ability to see how old things can be used in new ways? Do you see that as a function of your creativity?

Lord, I am guilty of misinterpreting creativity, and therefore I have not recognized it as such in my life. Yes, I have the ability to see new uses for existing things, and now I understand that is part of my God-given creativity. I am now free to be creative since it doesn't mean I have to invent or be creative like Albert Einstein or Steve Jobs to do so.

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