“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done.”
– Genesis 2:1-2 ESV
Made in the image of God. We each share a uniqueness with Almighty God. He fashioned us after His form, with freedom, with fully functional thought and with forthright will. In his allegorical work, “Voyage To Venus”, C. S. Lewis wrote, “For the resemblance was, in its own fashion, infinite, so that almost you could wonder at finding no sorrows on his brow and no wounds in his hands and feet.” Man was originally created without sin, struggle or suffering.
Love, freedom, intellect, morality . . . all characteristics of our Creator. Each is definitive in our design. The psalmist tells us, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” (Ps 139:13-14 NLT).
We Create. We have an ability and aptitude to be creative. Catherwood writes, “There is more stability among garage mechanics, to whom every repair job is different, who meets the customer, who sees the job through, who has the satisfaction of putting the car on the road again.” Our skill sets us apart. Solomon writes, “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” (Prov 22:29 ESV). Paul reminds us of the special and specific gifts given to each of us, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well . . .” (Rom 12:6 NLT). We are the Creators’ creations commissioned to create.
We Cultivate. We not only create, we also develop, build and cultivate. God’s first instruction initiated work, “Then God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.’” (Gen 1:28 NLT). It’s good to cultivate . . . to get your hands dirty in developing something. Our motivation is our Master-Designer. Paul teaches, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor 10:31 ESV). There is great delight in diligence. It’s been said that we “are the CEO of our own personal and professional growth plan.” Become the best at what you do. Solomon writes, “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” (Prov 12:24 NLT)
We Celebrate. At the conclusion of His creative work, God took time to rest and celebrate. He said, “It is good”. Nehemiah led Israel to rebuild the walls of a destroyed Jerusalem. At the completion of thier work, they celebrated the work and words of God. Nehemiah writes, “So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.” (Neh 8:12 NLT). Jesus illustrates the celebration of completed work in a parable of faithul servants, ““The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together! ’” (Matt 25:21 NLT). Solomon reminds us that there is a time for everything, “a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” (Ecc 3:3-4 ESV). Work hard to win . . . and celebrate the wins.
Today is a day to design and create . . . to develop and cultivate . . . and, to delight and celebrate. Take time to say “It’s good”!