Prioritizing Christ {Genesis 1-3, 2021}

Genesis 1

We see God so purposeful, as He creates everything ‘from scratch’. But, there is a theme I want to take special note of. Three things happen within each day, which remind me of our God’s sovereignty!

God said…

And that’s exactly what happened…

God saw that it was good.

“So God created human beings in his own likeness.
He created them to be like himself. He created them as male and female.”

God blessed them. He said to them. . . And that’s exactly what happened. God saw everything he had made. And it was very good. There was evening, and there was morning. It was day six. – See Genesis 1:27-31 (NiRV)

So often I forget that I have been made in my Creator’s image. And, we can become our worst enemy – constantly putting down ourselves, instead of offering an ounce of the abundance of grace found in our Savior Jesus Christ. How are we taking note that we too were created by God and He is proud to call us His?! Just sitting at His feet is all He asks of us. He doesn’t criticize how little of our agenda we accomplished in a given day/week.

Our relationship with God through His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ is the most important aspect of our lives. But, how are we prioritizing our time with Him? He wants us to boldly come to His throne of grace. He offers us grace, grace, and more grace. He doesn’t offer it because He “has” to. . . or anything like that. He offers it because He genuinely loves us and we become His children the moment we choose to place our trust in Christ. He wants a relationship with us! We are His sons and daughters. But, how often do we love and pardon our failings like our God wants us to?

Our God is far more interested in our relationship with Him through Jesus Christ, than how much we accomplish in a given day, week, or month.

Genesis 2

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing. So on that day he rested from all his work. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. He blessed it because on that day he rested from all the work he had done.” – Genesis 2:2-3

Our God made sure to “rest from the work He had done”. He didn’t scoot over to the next big project He had on his task list. He deliberately shows us of our need to celebrate the work we have done. We need to celebrate, but to rest… so we don’t become burnt out. Our Creator has all the energy He could ever need, so He didn’t “have” to rest. Yet, He did. He is modeling a good work ethic for us here.

How can we become increasingly intentional when working hard and resting.

From creating humankind, placing Adam in the garden, and the number one rule to not forget, our God is definitely intentional. He knew Adam would get lonely, so provided the right mate for him – in creating Eve.

Genesis 3

God is all powerful and holy! If being intentional is important to Him, shouldn’t it be to us also? Once Adam and Eve were created, something happened that was the opposite of days one through seven. It was not very good. In fact, it was not good at all.

They broke the one rule.

There is this one point in the conversation, where I wish I could boldly call out to them and give them a pep talk on being intentional in their relationship with God and each other, – and to be weary of the serpent. The serpent is not trustworthy like our God!

“You will certainly not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5“God knows that when you eat fruit from that tree, you will know things you have never known before. Like God, you will be able to tell the difference between good and evil.” – Genesis 3:4-5

The enemy of our soul is not trustworthy like our Lord! Be intentional about the influences in your life. What if they asked questions instead of merely answering the serpent?

They broke this one big rule. And, everything changed… forever. Their sin would affect their children and every aspect of their lives. They would be cursed. Banished from the garden of Eden.