What Did I Give You?

by David Collins

Do you remember the creation story?

Yes

What did I give you in Eden? 

A companion, the right and ability to rule of the creatures of the earth,… (vs.27 & 28)

Anything else?

You gave me your blessing (v.28)

Anything else?

All plant life (v.29)

Anything else?

I’m missing something aren’t I? You always do this. You keep prodding me to think more deeply until I see what you’re getting at. You want me to discover something; probably obvious.

Think of the first thing I gave you. 

That was my companion wasn’t it?

Even before that. Look closely. I gave you my image and my likeness. Do you understand why that is so important?

I suppose it sets me apart from the rest of creation.

Yes it does, and more. That is the ingredient and character that makes the rest possible. 

When you took on the stewarding of all of creation; when you became master of the world; the thing that made it all possible was your ability to manage it from its creator’s perspective. I gave you my authority and perspective. 

I gave you my nature and likeness first, so that you could care for all the other things on your list. Get back to discovering who your truly are and the rest will fall into place.

When you chose to go your own way, your ability to understand how I think and to recognize who you are, became distorted. You lost your way because you lost your identity. You began to strive for significance. Your achievements now define you more than your innate value. The more resources you could accumulate, the more importance you think you’ve gained. You steward the world in such a way that it benefits you more than you benefitting it. What you have failed to realize is that the only ability you possess that will enable you to properly manage the resources of the world is my image and likeness. 

Look around you. Humanity has tried to dominate the world, while being deceived about her identity. They have floundered, exploited, distorted and twisted what was beautiful and good. That beauty still lays there and can easily flourish again. Yet only under the watchful care of a gardener who understands his/her position and value. 

I gave you my nature and likeness first, so that you could care for all the other things on your list. Get back to discovering who your truly are and the rest will fall into place.


Reflection:

Consider the implications of trying to steward the world’s resources without a clear understanding of the image and nature of God. 

Genesis 1:26 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. 

Consider how your life will change as you step into the identity God gave you from birth. You are the nature and image of Creator. Work out from that assumption.

 

This post was originally published on March 5th, 2014