n the beginning, God created the heavens, and the earth; he created every creature that crawls on the earth, and every bird that sings their sweet songs amid the forest. Then he created man, but there was something different about this piece of creation.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness." Genesis 1:26
hat God created prior to man he simply spoke and it was, however it now seems he is consulting with others. The language that God is using has changed indicating that he is not alone in this. This may be the first indication of the Holy Trinity; Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. We bear his image and are set apart from the other parts of creation in that we have a sense of reason, morality, language, a capacity for relationships governed by love and commitment, and creativity in all art forms. God was not alone when he created us, and he does not have it in mind for us to be alone as we live either. Hence, his reasoning for creating both man and women to live in unity with God, creation, and each other.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And 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." Genesis 1: 27-28
However, when the fall happened and sin entered the world, this perfect unity/community we see is now tainted by the stain of sin. God has plans though, he made a promise that we would be redeemed by the seed of the women. Yes, God had a perfect plan to bring us back into community with him, us his great inheritance, his masterpiece. Jesus came to be righteousness for us, and died in our place so that we may be free from the deathly grip of sin. In that, we have been adopted as sons and daughters of the king; part of the kingdom that is to come.
It wasn't until I came to Ligonier that this all became a reality to me. I stepped into a community seeking after what it meant to live in such a way that is honoring to our heavenly Father. It's actually where I met Jesus, and my life was changed forever. Everywhere I turned, the gospel was being proclaimed; be it at the rock wall or taking out the trash, it was all being done in the name of Jesus.
"that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you went me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made know to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17: 21-26
esus is expressing his unity with the Father, and that we are able to be in unity with God because of Jesus. We are set apart in which when we accept Christ we receive the light and its one that shines in a dark world. The way that we live and carry ourselves has more of an impact than we may think. Jesus came down to live a perfect life, and showed us love, grace, compassion, mercy, and correction. He then called us to follow him living as he did.
"If you return, O Isreal, declares the LORD, to me you should return. If you remove your detestable things from my presence, and do not waver, and if you swear, 'As the LORD lives, 'in truth, in justice, and in righteousness, then nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory." Jeremiah 4: 1-2
Having heard this good news and knowing our call to community, let us move forward in Christ pursuing and seeking after Gods own heart. Turning from sin in repentance throwing off our old ways so that we too may be a blessing to others through Christ in us hoping that they too may know our King, Jesus.
This weeks devotional was written by Tyler Stafinski, our Men's C.I.T. Director.