Sunday, January 1, 2012

Genesis 1

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 1. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • We're going to read the New Testament books on weekdays, and the Old Testament books on weekends. Today we start our year with a very appropriate chapter, the first of the Bible, Genesis 1. Go ahead and read it, and then feel free to read the following thoughts:
  • The Bible begins with "In the beginning God..." God is the beginning, He is the end, and He fills up the middle. He is the point of it all. He is sovereign. And we learn here that He is the Creator.
  • Once God creates the earth, plants, and animals, He gets to the pinnacle of His creative genius when He creates people.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Think about this: God didn't need to create people. It's not like He was lonely. God is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He had always existed in the community. He didn't need to create people, He created us because He wanted to. He created us in love, and for love. The purpose of your life is to have a relationship with your creator.
  • And think about this: God only created people in His image. You were made in the image of God! That means there is something amazing about you. You may have marred the image of God in your through bad decisions you've made through the years, but you still bear the image of God. And you can have the image of God restored in your life, through God working in you.
  • This first chapter sets up the rest of the story of the Bible and all of human history. We learn that there is a God, and we are not Him. There is someone who is the point of it all, and we are not it. God is the sovereign Creator, and He deserves our focused worship. And yet despite the fact that God is huge and self-sustaining, He wanted us here and cares for us, and He invites us into a relationship. That is the point of our existence.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • How could your year be changed by this knowledge? How could you best live out your life in accordance with who God is and who you are, and with your true purpose?