Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Read Genesis 1 and 2
‘Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV)
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15 (NIV)
“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:10 (NIV)
What Did God Create Us For?
My whole idea of Christianity as a beginner was that Jesus died for my sins so that I could go to heaven when I die. I naturally assumed that when I chose to believe (thereby receiving my ticket to heaven) my job after that was to live up to better moral standards than I had been living up to previously.
Imagine my surprise when I learned that, although true, what I believed wasn’t really the point!
The whole point of the bible isn’t to save me from suffering, pain, death, sorrow and hell (although that is indeed part of the good news), rather the whole point of the bible’s story is that God is restoring me to what I was supposed to be from the beginning. It’s not as much about what I am saved from, rather it’s about what I’m saved for.
The Bible begins with God creating human beings to “rule”, “reign”, “co-administer”, “work”, be God’s partners in building, ad-ministering, cultivating God’s Kingdom on earth with God present in an active interpersonal relationship with human beings. The story goes on to explain how humans, rather than accepting that role as their created purpose, instead rebelled against that purpose and chose to live for their own purposes. Yet God is not a quitter and he’s relentless in his efforts to restore each of us to his original reason for our existence.
In fact, the New Testament is replete with the teaching that one day believers will be restored to their (our) calling as priests (people who connect others to God and administer a world where life under God can flourish), priests who will one day reign in the coming New Heavens and New Earth, administering the New World as co-rulers with God Himself. (one example is 2 Timothy 2:12 which was probably an encouraging saying used by many the Christian world of the first century).
Are you approaching your current life with the awareness that your current life is training for your future role “reigning” in the next life? What if the degree to which you take your ‘this-life’ training seriously is the degree to which you will deemed worthy for your future role in your “life after life” life?