We were each created on purpose with purpose for a purpose! We were all created in the image of God who is creative! So let’s be creative and use the creativity through the gifts and talents God has give us to be and achieve everything God created us to be!
Today’s reading begins at the beginning…
26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.28And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”–from Genesis 1
We shouldn’t be ashamed of who God created us to be! We should walk in trust of what He has, is, and will do in our lives! Believe it or not, God has given you gifts and talents to be shared with others! You have a purpose and aren’t useless! You do have lots to offer! You were created that way!
Today’s reading continues in Genesis speaking of how it was in the beginning before people became self-conscious and afraid…
25And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.–from Genesis 2
Before the fall it made sense. Before the fall man and woman trusted in God and lived life with joy, with purpose on purpose. Before the fall they got it that they were created with gifts and talents to be creative. But that snake brought not only disobedience, but fear and doubt into lives.
So don’t get lost in the doubt and fear and lose focus of your dignity and self-worth! Open your eyes to see and your ears to hear the truth … you are creative! you have incredible gifts and talents given to you by God!
Are you stuck? Is your view of yourself keeping you from seeing your actual value? Is it keeping you from answering the call to be creative in the world around you? Remember where we started today?
27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
–from Genesis 1
We were created with worth, with value, with dignity by God and it can’t be taken away. (we may choose to put it aside or give it away … but we can choose to take it back … some call that freewill) So let’s believe it! You can’t partially believe in God, you do or you don’t! So if you don’t believe in part then you don’t fully believe in God! So believe! He created you and you are important to Him! So believe! And grab onto the fact that you are valuable to God!
We need to value one another! You know why? They are created by God too! We shouldn’t be allowing the poison that can come out of our mouth to curse others! We should be not only living with self-dignity and value, but also be giving dignity and value to others!
Today’s reading continues with the following:
9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
–from James 3
So we are all created in the image of God! So we shouldn’t be going around putting down others because you are putting down God! There is a difference between creative feedback and putting others down! Don’t go around cursing/putting others down! Call them up into their calling! Call them out into a life of dignity and value where they can become everything God created them to be! So that they can be creative and produce incredible things for the glory of God! Won’t don’t have worry about not having value! We are valued by God! God loves us so much that we have the promises of John 3:16-17
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
–from John 3
Today’s reading closes with the following. So let’s live life worthy of reward…
The River of Life1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.Jesus Is Coming6And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”7 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”8I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”10And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”14Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”17The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.18I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.20He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!21The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
We have value! We are valuable! We are important to God! So let’s live with dignity and self-value! Let’s be good stewards and treat others with dignity and self-value! Let’s share the good news with others who may be suffering or needing to receive a word of good cheer! How about starting today! If not today, then when? How about starting with you! If not you, then who? Let’s this started! Let’s live today on purpose for a purpose, not heavy handed, but being careful and helpful! Let’s take on what God has given us with the responsibility that it entails.
Today’s devotional (day 3) closes with the following:
C.S. Lewis maintains in The Weight of Glory that, “There are no ordinary people. You have never met a mere mortal.” You – and others – possess dignity, worth, and value more than you even presently know.
Humans are the crown glory of God’s creation, distinct from every other creature on earth. We, as image bearers of God, are given a central task to “rule over” creation (Genesis 1). God is the king, but we are like the governors of his kingdom. He is the creator, but we are sub-creators called to this creative task. With our God-given dignity and worth comes a great responsibility to care for God’s creation.
The kind of rulership or dominion we are to exercise is not to be heavy-handed, as Genesis 2:15 indicates. Mankind was placed in the Garden of Eden to care for and keep it. The mandate is to exercise caring stewardship over the created realm – NOT to use and abuse it as we please.
Creativity plays a central role in developing a beautiful and productive garden, metaphorically speaking, in our own lives and cultures and requires fresh, inspired thinking.
The call to creativity carries on even after our fall into sin. Human gifts and creativity are expressed in building increasingly complex houses, buildings, walls, roads, etc. Genesis starts in a garden, but Revelation ends in a city. This is what we are made to do – use our creativity, our gifts, and our abilities to develop the potential of the created order.
Reflect on your inherent dignity, made in God’s image.