Category Archives: Is The Bible Meaningful At All To My Life Today?

In The Beginning, God Made – Everything – – – And Where Do I Fit?

the-creation-1024x852Okay, so let’s have a ten second Bible study:

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

My first, second and third point, , “In the beginning, God created…”

In closing, “In the beginning, God created…”

Ta-daaaa! Your Sunday sermon,  complete.

I’ve heard multiple messages reminding me that, “In the beginning, God.”  In other words, He was always there.  Okay, I get that.  But what did He do in the beginning?  Well, He created.   And what a creation it was too!

Later, when He set His sights on creating mankind, He said, “Let’s make man in our own image, after our likeness.”

An image, according to the Hebrew translation in this verse, is a resemblance, and a representative figure. A likeness,  is also a resemblance. Did you know you were created to be a resemblance and a representative figure –  of God?   Wow. That bumps you right up  into the category of a masterpiece, right?  A Master-piece.

You were created by the Master Designer to resemble Him, and represent Him.

Would that make you worth something?  Priceless, in fact?

So, if God created, and you were made in His image to resemble Him, and represent Him, what are you creating,  in your world?

You might argue and say, “Oh, I’m not one of those artistic types. Not creative at all…”

However, we all create something, every day, in the sphere of our own giftings and desires. Perhaps you are a superb organizer. What kind of visions to you see, plans do you make, and projects do you create. How do you resemble God along the way? Do you plow down anyone who opposes you, or do you accomplish that project with grace and love, fitting as a representative of God?

What about in your personal interactions?  Do you create something whereby your mate, your family,  your co-workers or friends say, ” I see our relationship, and it is good!”

What about the statements and conversations you create with those around you? Created thoughts become words, which become actions, which become destinies. The Bible says we create  and change history with our words. (James 3:6) God has given you the awesome power of creating thoughts, words, actions,  and destinies.

Romans 12:2 reminds us to transform our actions by renewing our mind. Our thoughts control our mind. In the results of our thoughts, and subsequent words to each other, our minds will change, our words will create life, and we will see, by what we create into reality,  whether we have been a fitting representative of God.

In other words, what happened when you spoke, and when you took action? Good results, or negative consequences?

Ouch, that seems like a lot of responsibility, but…

A Masterpiece is not made to look -or act – like trash.

A Masterpiece is made as a superb exhibit, all in itself. It doesn’t have to showcase, showboat or show off. It is an outstanding, irreplaceable, magnificent,  beautiful gift to the world, made to be seen and appreciated, and valued by all.  It has a job, and a responsibility to represent – and point to – it’s Creator.

And so you are made to be all this, and not doubt your dignity and worth. You, as a created masterpiece of God, are made in His resemblance, and made as His representative.

Whether you know your giftings yet, doubt your background, dislike yourself or your circumstances, or,  despair for your future, you still occupy a place God has set individually for you alone, and all the healing you need is available to deal with your setbacks, and progress into your destiny, because you were first created to occupy the place of a Masterpiece. 

And that gives you a unique value, and an individual place that no one else can fill.

I’m Not Good Enough For God To Use. Really?

mary-anoints-the-feet-of-jesus1Do you  read the Bible – or avoid it-  with frustration, because you see no useful application to your life today?

Beginning In the book of Matthew, I’m going to write some  quick impressions as to how the Bible truly does relate to us today. They may not be new insights, but, I believe God wants us to know that His word is living and meaningful in both past, future, and present senses. He wants you to know that He is alive now, and has a plan and purpose for you, and each one of us!
Today, I read in the first chapter of Matthew the genealogy of Christ. Although we’ve heard it before, it impacts me again that several women are deliberately listed,  in a typically male sequence.

Each of those women have something dark in their past that should have excluded them (even indicted them in some cases) from such an illustrious family tree.
Tamar, for example, birthed twins, Perez and Zerah, conceived out of incest – with her own father-in-law! Perez was in the lineage of Jesus.
Rahab, a prostitute from Jericho, a wicked city destroyed at God’s command, became the mother of Boaz, King David’s grandfather. Did we mention she was a hooker?  Again, not the blue-blood parentage we expected.

Boaz married Ruth, a woman from the tribe of Moab. The Moabite nation was known as  extremely sinful, even murdering their own children.  God had ordered the Israelites to avoid and destroy them.

Bathsheba, the next in the line-up, was lawfully married to Uriah,  a brave soldier in King David’s army. David saw her bathing one evening, lusted after her, went to bed with her, while her husband was away at war, then had Uriah treacherously killed when he found out he’d gotten Bathsheba pregnant. (For the record, God was decidedly NOT pleased) Next, he married her, and their second child, Solomon, became an ancestor of Jesus. According to Old Testament ways, David’s children from this marriage would have been cursed for many generations.

Further down the list, we see Mary, the mother of Jesus, found to be pregnant before she had married Joseph?? THAT was a no-no… Although we know the rest of the story, nevertheless, it wasn’t the speckless story we might have preferred.

Why would God include these women in the ancestry? They make Jesus look bad, don’t they?  Or, is it possible that God wanted to strikingly illustrate the passing of the Old Covenant – the law of sin and death – to the New Covenant of grace, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8: 1-3)

What the law could not accomplish was a life for us that provides  redemption. Redemption states that for those who set their minds away from sin, and towards the things of the Holy Spirit, there is forgiveness and abundant life, in,  and because of Christ Jesus.

No condemnation, to those who give up the old life of sin and death, as illustrated by baptism, and show we are now born anew into the resurrected life of Jesus.  This is something the law could never offer!

I believe this is why we see such an ancestry in Matthew. It shows that anyone can be forgiven, and used mightily by God, if we truly want His ways.

And that message comes with a LOT of hope!!