26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. (Genesis 1:26 – 31)
Theme: If not You, then Who?
Today and tomorrow we will turn our attention to the Discipline of Creation – the Discipline that calls on us to stop and smell the roses. Our theme this year encourages each of us to actively engage in advancing God’s kingdom. Consistent with the theme, it is helpful to reflect on God’s mission, which includes the restoration of His order. God spoke order into existence and gave Adam and Eve the assignment to help to maintain it. This order was corrupted by sin but if we take the time to focus on God’s creation, we can see numerous reminders of the priority God places on order. Tomorrow we will explore how creation helps to inform our individual missions, but today let’s just bask in the beauty of God’s creation.
Please read the passage above and pursue the requests below.
- Take a few minutes today to focus on aspects of God’s creation.
- Meditate on the magnificence of our creator and the order He creates.
- Please share any thoughts from your meditation that we could all benefit from.