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Greek Word Study - Create

The Greeks had a certain word they used to describe how someone would "found" a city, or "plant" a grove of trees, or "initiate" a sacred feast, or "establish" a great athletic contest. The same word was used of the man who was clever enough to "invent" the first bridle for a horse.

Their word was ktizo (KTID zo) and we usually translate it "create." The ancient painters would create beautiful art; the ancient poets would create poetry. The Greeks did not well understand the God who created the universe from nothing, but they did appreciate people who could build and invent.

Furthermore, it was not just the ancient Greeks who were so creative. People in every culture of the world and in every century of time have had the instinct to create, to build, to invent. Even little children love to do it!

Here is how it all began. When God created Adam, he said, "Let us make man in our own image." The Creator made the creature—both male and female—to be a bit like himself. When you think about it, it is only natural that we should reflect something of who God is—by being creative. When we exercise our creativity, we are simply doing part of what God created us to do. Throughout Scripture there are people who glorify God by making music, building temples, composing poetry, crafting vessels, etc.

And here is how it all ends. The same Creator who gave us our creativity has invited us to serve him and to reign with him in eternity (see Rev. 22:3-5). With infinite resources and endless time, just imagine what God will have us doing!