It’s going to take a miracle.
The hopelessly hopeful words of those who dare to co-create with God.
I have a writing project in queue I’m beyond excited to do. (It’s the blog you’re reading now in case that wasn’t obvious.)
I have a looming deadline. (I need to hit “send” to my editor in three hours and eighteen minutes to be exact.)
I have the tools, the training, and a vault of sermon-notes to pull from.
You know what I don’t have? Inspiration.
Staring at a blinding white screen with my Word document open wide to receive, I’ve got nothing. The worst part is, I’ve been sitting on this post for weeks in an uncharacteristically joyless mix of procrastination, distraction, and genuine overwhelm.
And yet, as someone who regularly co-labors and co-creates with God, I suppose I’ve been fully expecting him to show up with a lightning-zap divine download in his always-impeccable timing.
Did you hear that God? It’s time. Have anything for me?
I can’t be the only one struggling. Co-creating with God certainly isn’t reserved for writers like me. Each of us are created beings, made in the image and likeness of our Creator, which means we too have the capacity to create! Artist or accountant, left brained or right, we all carry unique creative facets of the Father’s heart and mind.
God’s creativity was grace-laced into our divine DNA back in the garden of Eden. Not even the fall could take it away. And now, having been reconciled to God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are invited into the ongoing creation of the world which is actively bringing forth the Kingdom of God.
Now, before we go any deeper into the idea of co-creation, let me make one thing clear: You are a created being who creates. You are not a deified Creator. You’re like God. But you are not God. Got it? (I know somebody needed me to say it.)
Co-creating with Abba is one of my all-time favorite parts of life. Keeping one ear on what the world is crying out for and one ear on what the Holy Spirit is saying in response, I’ve written words that have helped move people to action for some of the most powerful and prominent causes on the planet.
Together, God and I have published books, composed speeches, developed curriculum, and refined messaging. We’ve built platforms from nothing. We’ve raised engagement levels to new heights. We’ve launched movements, restored souls, and made the name of Jesus more fully known in my respective communities across the nation and around the world.
I love my work. Not just because it’s great work—but because I get to do it with my Father. I couldn’t have done any of it without him. And my clients, secular and sacred alike, are continually drawn to the divine DNA in me.
But here’s the thing about co-creating with God.
Deadlines? My hard-and-fast, ride-or-die, aggressive deadlines? They mean absolutely nothing to him. Co-creating with an infinite being who is not bound by time the way I am is more than a little humbling.
And tonight, it’s more than a little frustrating.
You know what? Maybe I can just fly solo this time.
Before we can enter into a space of true co-creation with God, we first need to understand (or perhaps remember again) that we’re one with our Creator. If that sounds sketchy or new to you, I invite you to recall the words of Jesus.
“So when that day comes, you will know that I am living in the Father and that you are one with me, for I will be living in you.”John 14:20 TPT
“That day” is today. Jesus is one with the Father. We’re one with Jesus. And by the power of the Holy Spirit, we’re also one with the Father, our Creator. Not because we did anything to earn it. But because God was creative enough to step outside the boxes that he himself created.
The oneness we’ve been invited into is meant to be put on display through co-creation. It’s the creative expression of a loving Father who is even now reconciling the world to himself.
The mystery of our union with God begs an important question. Is it possible to create without God? We sure seem to think we can. But grace suggests otherwise.
When we try to create in our own strength:
- We stress. We fail to tap into the peace that passes understanding, and worry consumes us. We struggle to take thoughts captive and our minds start to fatigue and fester.
- We get stuck. Writer’s block. Creative fatigue. Stagnation. Apathy. Burnout. Breakdown. These pain points can turn into powerful moments of divine intervention, but they’re never pleasant in the moment.
- We strive. In my own case, I write words. And agonize over them. And delete them. And write better words. And agonize over them. And delete them. Tons of energy spent, zero progress made. (Hence, my current situation.)
- We spiral. We start to wonder if we’re really cut out for this kind of work. We wonder why God would ever call someone like us to do things we feel so desperately unqualified for.
But when we co-create with God:
- We find serenity. It’s a calming peace that transcends the workloads, deadlines, and circumstances of the day. Anxiety is replaced with hope, and we step into the confidence of our unique creative calling.
- We step into a stream. It’s a workflow that’s out of this world. We write, speak, lead, and create prophetically—knowing it must be God. Because there’s just no way we’re that good.
- We fall into simplicity. Complexity bows to streamlined, actionable insights and clear next steps as the Father speaks. Momentum kicks in and we begin to enjoy the ride.
- We remain steadfast. Stayed upon our good Father God, we walk and create in union with him, step for step—resisting the urge to run out ahead or lag behind.
So how can you tap into this divine creativity, embrace your one-ness, and co-create with God?
Let go of preconceptions.
Listen attentively for him.
Wait patiently on him.
Ask what he’s thinking.
Tell him what you’re thinking.
Continually invite him in.
And when the time comes? Be fully present in the joy of co-creating with God… where time spent together is even more important than what you’re creating together.
You know, the things I haven’t been doing these past few weeks.
The day fades, my deadline still hanging in the balance. So I make one final plea with my Creator, standing face-to-face in my mind’s eye.
Ok, God. Time’s almost up. I reeeeeally need that divine download. Like, stat.
God smirks. And says nothing.
But God—my reputation is on the line here. I can’t be late. You want me to be faithful to my commitments, right? Holy Spirit, c’mon already!
He chuckles and raises an eyebrow.
Why are you withholding from me, Papa?! Are you mad at me? I’m doing this for YOU and YOUR glory!
God smiles big this time. He leans in, takes my face in his hands, and stares deeply into my eyes.
Child, do you want to do this blog post FOR me or do you want to do it WITH me?
With you, Abba. Always.
In that yielded moment of surrender, he escorts my fingers on the worn black keys of my MacBook, and we begin the dance. Moving as one, we co-create a beautiful real-time story to satisfy my hungry screen (and my editor, too).
He doesn’t just give me the words to say—he insists I take the byline. Scandalous!
Friend, the covenant of co-creation with God is something you have full-on access to. I beg you, learn from my silly little prodigal story. Tap into your union with God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and drink from the well of grace. Ask him what he’d like to create with you. Experience his unfathomable love and reckless grace anew as you move with him, step-for-step.
It took a miracle. But we did it. Together. (With fifty-seven minutes to spare.)