By looking at the actions
God took in creating the world, we learn lessons for our own daily
responsibilities. We find ourselves in God’s story. Just as God created the
greatest story on earth, He created us and allowed us to write our own stories.
His desire is that we write our story according to his great plan for us. We
can learn what we need to know about story writing by looking at how God wrote
used order and purpose in creation.
God had a plan and a
purpose for each part of creation. He was methodical. Everything was done in
his order and in his timing. There was a strategy, a plan of creation. God
created with intention. It was not haphazard, accidental, or willy nilly. No,
it was in order and on purpose.. Creation functions best when we are in right
alignment with God. This concept of right order lies behind the idea of
"right - eousness." To
be "righteous" means to be in correct alignment with God, other
creatures, and the earth.
What can we learn from God’s order? How important is it for us to live
an orderly life? The Bible tells us there is a time for everything and purpose
for everything under heaven. This is a reminder to us to live an intentional
used creative and wildly imaginative powers. in making the heavens, earth, and man.
Consider this: Everything that has ever been created was
We learn in the creation
passage that we are created in the image of God. This means we too have been
created as creative beings with spectacular imaginations. The imagination is a
powerful, often overlooked, gift from God for creating loving relationships
with God, our neighbors and ourselves. When reading passages in the Bible we
read words for information, but it is the imagination that pulls the heart with
its feelings and passion into the process of creation. When we engage our heart
and mind, we allow God to move within us in a multi-dimensional way. We become
fully engaged in the power of the Bible and the accounts that we read.
How does viewing the Creation story from the perspective of a vivid
imagination and wild creativity change our understanding of creation? Of God?
What aspects of creation do you find most imaginative?
Do you approach our work with creativity? Do you engage your mind and
spirit in the work we do? Do you use your imagination in problem solving?
3.God was pleased with his creation.
Six times in this process
of creation God stopped, looked over his handiwork and saw that it was good. On
that final inspection he actually pronounced his work as “very good.” Once
again, we are reminded that we are created in the image of our Father. He is
pleased with his creation. He is pleased with us. God likes me; he really likes
me.He is proud of the way he made me.
Are we able to look at the work we do, the goals we accomplish, the
relationships we build and say, “This is good!” or “ This is very good!”?
Clearly, God enjoyed the work he did? Can you say the same? Does your work
bring pleasure? If not, what changes need to take place? We learn from God that
he stops periodically in the creation process to evaluate his work. Is there
anything wrong with feeling good about our accomplishments?
made us in his image.
In verse 26, God says, “Let us make human beings in
our image, to be like us...." Is this the “royal” we/us? Or is
this a reference to the Trinity. He uses the plural just as he begins to create
human beings. How interesting to think that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
are all part of the creation process! God gave us his traits, his
Do you see yourself as God sees you? What is the reflection in the
Because we are made in God’s image, we can feel positive about
ourselves. God is pleased with his creation of you. If you feel worthless or of
little value, remember that God sees you as a beautiful child of a king.
Criticizing or downgrading yourself is criticizing God’s creation.
We don’t know why God
rested but he must have thought it was important. We learn that after days of
work, God chose to spend time resting. We too should find the time to rest and
reflect after a period of work. This period of rest will renew our bodies,
souls, and spirits.
Do you find a time to rest and reflect after a period of work?
The Creation story
provides us many lessons from our Creator God about living our best lives
The audio link below is my lesson on God's Original Blessing found in Genesis 1 & 2.
The account of Gideon in
the book of Judges provides an inspirational example of a reluctant leader. Our
first impression of Gideon is of him hiding in a wine press threshing wheat. He was so terrified of the Midianites so he hid from them
and tried to secretly get a little bit of food for his family. God saw not the weaknesses of a fearful man,
but the strengths of a leader and called Gideon to accomplish something big.
In Judges 6 & 7 we
watch as Gideon moves from despair to disappointment to doubt to discouragement
and eventually to dependence on God. Gideon leads an Israelite army who is
equipped only with trumpets, torches, and jars to become victorious in one of
the strangest battles in history.
purposes is not determined by the size of our checkbook, the number of initials
after our name, or the size of our congregation. God is looking to glorify
Himself on earth through people who are fully dependent on Him. He wants people
who are willing to trust in him and allow him to use their strengths, gifts,
talents, and skills for his glory. He invites us to join him in doing His will.
He wants us to want to serve him and work for him.He wants us to “Get up!” and go for him just as
To hear this one hour
lesson A Time for Evaluating, click
on the link below.
Have you ever tried to set sail – to step out to do
something new – only to find out that something was keeping you anchored in
place? Many things keep us anchored.
by Edgar Lee Masters is a series of short biographical poems about the people
who lived in the fictional town, Spoon River.One of the characters, George Gray, looks back over his life and
compares it to “a boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.”George was offered many opportunities and was
hungry to find meaning in his life. He knew he should have left the harbor and
set sail in order to fully experience life. However, George was afraid. He
feared becoming disillusioned, and he dreaded taking chances. So…George never
set sail.He longed for the sea yet was
contrast George Gray with Simon Peter, also a man with a boat. Like his father
and brother Andrew, Simon Peter was a fisherman by trade, working on the Lake
of Galilee, a really large lake with about 30 fishing towns surround it.Peter knew fish, he
knew boating, he knew about nets and he knew about navigating the waters. Peter
knew his passion and used his skill well. He learned his skill, he practiced
it. He became good at it. Peter realized what he was good at doing and set sail.
Are you more like George Gray…fearful to set out in faith and use
your gifts and talents for Christ? Or are you like Simon Peter….stepping out in
faith using your gifts and talents for Christ?
In the 10 minute audio below I teach 6 lessons that we learn from Simon
Peter that will help us set sail for Christ.
Lesson #1: Peter set sail.
#2:Peter followed Jesus.
– Peter let Jesus use him and his tools.
Peter was all in for Jesus.
– Peter trusted Jesus in the storm
#6:Peter faced his fear and walked on water for