Wednesday, April 30, 2014

God's Not Into Pre-fab


Genesis 1:1 tells us that God is a creative God.
Multi-colored, multi-leveled creations of all sorts, sizes and types.
Shades of green that boggle the mind.
Sky blue, yellowed moon, gray clouds, blood red....the list goes on and on.
And in the middle of this creative process, God created man.
But there was a difference to the process used to create us.

Genesis 2:7 tells us that "God formed man from the dust of the ground."
Formed....
Shaped....
Fashioned....
Hands on....
It was an up close and personal work that God did when it came to bringing life to us.
He didn't stand back and speak us into existence....
He didn't yell out, "Let there be man", even though he could have.
No, when it came time to create us, it became a personal work from our Father.
Down on His knees (o.k....I'm speaking metaphorically) God got dirty in the process.
Creating this dust dummy that would become a living breathing soul.
Shaping the contours of a body.....
Making it the right height....
Five fingers and five toes.....5 being the number of grace.....
Then when all was ready, God bent over that dust dummy and from His own mouth, breathed into it the breath of life.
And man became a living being (soul).
God is all about craftsmanship.
He isn't into pre-fab or stamped products.
God's unique personality is shaped and formed within each of us.
After all, we were created in the image of Him, Father / Son / Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 2:10 reinforces this idea of who we are in Christ and what our purpose is.
For we are HIS workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. In other words, we carry around the personal stamp and evidence of God's ability and purpose. The trouble is, all of this kind of got lost in the shuffle when sin warped and changed us. The workmanship has been there all along, but we couldn't see it or understand it because of all the damage sin has brought upon us. But now!.....Now is the day to recovery our real identity. To return to our roots of being the creation. To look to our Creator for His stamp of approval and allow Him to strip away all the layers of sin and addiction that has clouded the image.
You, my friend, are not damaged goods....
You are not a throw away....
You are not garbage, even though this is how our enemy, the devil, wants you to see yourself.
You are His (God's) workmanship, and from what I have learned, God doesn't take short cuts or skimp one bit on the material He used to create us.

Remember who you are this day....
Remember whose you are this day...
And walk in the knowledge and love that you have a heavenly Father who considers you to be the apple of His eye.....

God on you....
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