Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Genesis 1:26-28 & 2:15

1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

My church will spend the next few weeks covering Genesis.  Now, if you're anything like me, you may think you have a pretty decent understanding of how it all went down in the beginning.  I know I did.  However, God is totally blowing my mind right now.

These verses are truly flattering, and reveal so much of God's character. Again, if you're anything like me, you have at some point wondered, "who am I?...who is the real me?".  The only way to answer that question is to ask, "who is God?".   In order to know and understand ourselves, we must know and understand God.  We must pay attention to His character.  

I am beyond flattered that when creating everything, God chose to create us in His image, a direct reflection of Himself.  Truly beautiful.  His character revealed is definitely one of creativeness, planning, orderliness and above all, generosity. God didn't have to create all of the marvelously intricate things that He did, but He did because He is generous.  He gives more than what is needed for functionality.  

In Genesis 2:15, we see that God placed man in the garden to work.  Work is our purpose. It is why we were created.  Work is a blessing in which we should delight as part of the body of Christ.  God is constantly at work.  He is constantly connected to us.  He delights in our willingness to work.

Give. Generously.

in His love,

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