There is something noble and primitively right about producing quality woodwork, or a fine painting, or a productive and beautiful garden. Creativity is in our blood, and, as many have discovered, we do not feel complete unless we are creating. I suppose that’s the genius behind Hobby Lobby.
Could this be the image of God bubbling to the surface from within us? God is the original artist and craftsman. He worked diligently and creatively to produce an incredible world that we have only begun to understand. Then He made us, crafted with love and care to reflect his character, including his creative character. This, I believe, is one of the reasons God gave Adam the role of Gardener of Eden: God wanted man to be productive and creative just as He Himself is.
That commission, to “be fruitful and multiply,” to fill the earth and care for it, to work and be creatively productive in God’s Creation, has never been lifted from mankind. We are just as responsible as Adam was to creatively and productively live in and among God’s Creation.
Work, then, is not part of the curse of sin, as we often jokingly claim. The difficulty and frustration of a cursed Creation that does not always respond as we want it to (those crazy weeds) IS the consequence of Adam’s original sin. But, creative productivity (i.e., work) was one of the original blessings from God.
And this blessing of creative productivity, like many other Eden realities and blessings, must be pursued and restored in God’s kingdom today. We, as Christians, have not only the responsibility, but the privilege of being creative people. “Be fruitful and multiply” is more than an encouragement to marry and have children, it is our commission to positively interact with God and His Creation. It is our original mandate. It is what we were made to do.
This is probably why Paul says in Ephesians 2:10,
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Paul is just saying, “Be fruitful and multiply,” in post-Fall, post-Christ, kingdom language. He is calling us back to our primitive design. He is inviting us to be creative beings again, just as God originally created us to be.