In Space and Time: Creation
Tonight in Daniel’s Pastoral debut, he worked through the first two chapters of Genesis, discussing the story of creation; His goal: to reveal how we can specifically align to God’s plan set through creation in our own lives. What is the plan set through God’s creation? It just so happens this question can begin to be solved through the answer of this set of questions that Daniel uses:
1. Where do we come from?
2. Who are we?
3. Where are we going?
4. How do we get there?
Genesis 1:1-25 tells us that we came from the detail-orientated hands of God. With His attention to great detail, everything on earth not only screams His name, but also has a specific purpose. In this way, this section of Genesis is God’s credentials or His resume for us to read, learn, and trust in Him for the skills that He has, which are unequaled to ours.
Who are we? Genesis 1:26-31 answers this question by placing us as the pinnacle of God’s creation. While verse 1-25 quickly reveals God’s system and order, verses 26-31 focuses on God’s creation of humanity and our responsibility over all He created. We are special to God, because unlike anything else He created we are the first to have communion with Him, able to give glory back to him – which makes us “very good”(Gen 1:31). Since we are made in the image and “likeness”(Gen 1:26) of God, we are essentially made to be a reflection of His glory and characteristics. Therefore like the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2, we have a choice between whole heartedly trusting in all that God has planned for our lives, and our own plan. This choice was not only the downfall of Adam and Eve, but it is also ours too.
Where are we going? Daniel reminded us that this question couldn’t be answered without Jesus. Jesus was a part of God’s plan from the very beginning because like Adam and Eve we could not live a perfect life. That’s why God sent His only son to live the perfect life for us and to die on the cross. This makes our destination the cross. Our ultimate end point is back in Heaven with God, just as Jesus is with him now. When we accept the Lord to be the savior of our life, we accept Jesus, and God sees us not for our brokenness but as His children.
So, how to we get back to God? What does this look like right now? Since Jesus completed God’s creation, the rest of His creation is meant to be unfolded by us. This means we should not be idle, but rather become His light. This can begin by accepting Jesus Christ into your life and beginning to practice and learn the Gospel through reading your Bible. Daniel framed this by saying that everything that you are doing right now will either help the people around you become closer to God or push them in the opposite direction. As we saw with God speaking life unto the earth in Genesis 1:1-25, our words speak life into others as well and carry a heavy weight. The more we accept God into our life, the closer we move towards how God intended our relationship with Him to be, and the more we demonstrate the Gospel for others to see.
Daniel left the sermon by encouraging us to ask ourselves this question: Is what you are doing right now giving you life, or is it giving you death? The answer to this can help us align with the story of creation. Everything that God has made is either “good”(Gen 1:3) or “very good”(Gen 1:31), and in recognizing this we cannot continue to live selfishly making decisions on our own – for this leads to our death. Rather, we need God and we needed Jesus to die for our sins. This is the story that gives us new life and the ability to grow into God.