“In the beginnning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:1-3
I had probably been a Christian for a long time before I realized that Jesus was with God in the beginning of creation. Bear with me here. I had a very limited knowledge of the Bible when I became a Christian. I knew the songs Jesus Loves Me and Jesus Loves the Little Children and a few others as well as a few Bible stories but I hadn’t read the Bible other than a few times I visited church on holidays and with extended family and VBS. I knew Jesus was God’s son so the idea that He was there when the world was created didn’t seem possible to me. But yet that is exactly what John is telling us as he opens his writing in the Gospels. If you go back to Genesis there is support to it as well.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” Genesis 1:26
This fully supports that God was not alone when He was creating earth and all its inhabitants. And if you look at what John says everything was made with Jesus in mind. “All things were made through him.” My studying of God, Jesus as Creator led me to Colossians.
“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:15-17
You can’t study God as creator without thinking of Jesus, the firstborn of all creation. If not for Jesus we would not be here, God’s word says all things were created by him and all things were created through him and for him. God’s purpose in creating us is for Jesus. You know because of Jesus dying on the cross, we can get caught up in thinking of what He did for us. And He did do that for us. But it is really pretty awe-inspiring to realize we were created for Him. Our purposes are for Him, our lives are for Him, our very existence is for Him.
God, Elohim is creative. All that we have looked at this week, point to that. Therefore, when you think about it because we were made in his image and in his likeness we are all creative beings. This may be one of my favorite things about God and my relationship with Him. I like to create things. I like to paint, I sew, I like crafting things. And it’s pretty incredible to me that God put that inside of me. I feel closer to God when I am creating. But all of us are creative in one way or another. Even if art or crafting is not your thing, I’ll bet you can stop and think of something that you create. That is one of the ways God set man apart from the other living creatures on the earth. That is one of the ways we were created in His image, to be creative beings as well. You have original thoughts and ideas. Everything that goes through your mind isn’t something you read. No matter your profession, you have to think things through to figure them out. We all have a place, a purpose, and a calling. The calling that God has put inside of you could be any number of things. Whether your calling is to be an accountant or an artist, a lawyer, a singer, a preacher or a teacher, it was put there by God. He created our mind, and He gives us our desires and our hopes and our dreams. He leaves it up to us to choose how we will use the gifts He gives us. Will we use them to glorify the one who created us or ~ not. We get to choose.
“You are Elohim, who made everything out of nothing, created order out of chaos, gave birth to all of nature, and called it good. Enable me to comprehend the vastness of Your glory and learn to live my life in a way that forever magnifies Your holy name.”
(taken from a prayer in the book I Know His Name by Wendy Blight)