Beautiful Design #2

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” — Genesis 1:1

Before there was time, matter, space or reality as we experience it, there was God. And from this singular verse we come to know this God as infinitely powerful and wealthy, Who is the Creator and Sustainer of life as we know it.

Whatever you believe to be true about creation, Genesis chapters one and two lay the foundation for the greatest drama ever to unfold. At the center of it is this God. In the supporting cast we find…us. We are the created, the canvas on which the Artist places His infinite worth, value and image. Everything was perfect. 

Today, however, we see a very different landscape. One where the duality of evil and good wage a seemingly infinite, unresolvable war; where hate and love constantly wrestle for our individual hearts; where no one escapes suffering and no one can reach absolute bliss. Why?

There came a day early on in our existence when mankind decided they wanted to be their own god. Genesis three shows us the instantaneous devastation of disobedience, rushing in to wreck the beautiful order and design; destiny of humanity is shame, fear and resentment. These are feelings we know all too well. 

Yes, God cursed mankind and the creation. Every stubbed toe, every failed relationship, every unsatisfied heart can be traced back to this moment. But it wasn’t the end. Before forcing mankind to leave the Garden of Eden, God delivers a promise. There will come an offspring of Adam and Eve who will put the end to death and sin forever, and His name is Jesus (Genesis 3:15). At least that’s what a number of people smarter than I tend to think. 

What does this have to do with our beautiful design? It means that no matter how corrupt or messed up the order and design of our humanity is, how we treat each other, how incompletely we love each other, how we have both taken and been taken from, our destiny with God is not lost but found in Jesus and the cross. Our infinite worth and value is restored in Him. 

My question is, do we live in the reality of that good news? Do we place our worth and value in the hands of Jesus? Is what He says true about us? Or are we trying to find meaning and satisfaction from lesser things (a job, a relationship, a hobby, a good deed)? There is only one way, one truth that leads to life. 

“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord!” — Romans 7:24-25

Reflect:

  • What is your favorite thing in all creation? What does that thing communicate about God?
  • If you could rid the world of one evil tonight, which would it be? Where does that evil have its origin? 
  • In what ways have you tried to be your own god in your life? How has Jesus changed your perspective on life, significance, purpose and salvation?
  • Parents: What might be some next steps in encouraging your student’s value and worth as defined by God and not the world? What do their media choices communicate about what they think about beliefs and values when it comes to life and relationships? 

Keep an eye out for many more posts, interesting articles and helpful tips as we journey together through Beautiful Design. 

 

Nick Binsacca - Director of Youth Ministry