“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” — Genesis 1:31, NIV
Everything around us, from nature to people, is a beautiful reminder of God’s creation. In the beginning of the world, when God was creating the details of the world, He looked back each day and saw that it was good. As He completed His creation, He saw it was very good.
Unfortunately, there are times when we don’t treat God’s creation as good. At times we may treat others or even ourselves as invaluable or flawed. However, we are made in the image of God.
Isaiah 64:8 says, “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” God is our designer, creator and maker. It is not what we think of ourselves or others that matters but what He thinks.
Knowing this, how can we embrace the goodness of God’s creation and change our perspective on the world around us? Continue reading to find out more.
Caring for God’s Creation With Love
“The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.” — Psalm 89:11, NIV
When we think of God’s creation, we probably think of nature and the abundant types of terrain He has created in the world. Of course, this is a big part of God’s creation. However, people are also a hugely important part of God’s creation and plan. Genesis 2:7 says, “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
When we are interacting with other people, we need to remember that they are God’s creation. He chose to put them here in this time and place, just like He did with us. Thus, caring for God’s creation requires caring about others with love.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” — John 15:12, NIV
God wants us to love and respect others, like He does. He finds them valuable as His creation, so we, as Christians, should be treating others us such. It can be easy to get caught up in our own lives and our own perceptions of others and forget how God created and Christ died for these people.
Changing How We See Ourselves
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” — Psalm 139:14, NIV
At times, as human beings we can be hard on ourselves. We may be unhappy with certain qualities we possess like our appearance, the way we talk, our talents or any other variety of things about ourselves. However, we are God’s creation and the aspects we don’t like about ourselves are intentional.
We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by Him. What we consider imperfections are by His design in our lives. His work is wonderful and that includes us, even if we feel we are not good enough.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” So, when we are struggling with seeing the good in ourselves, we can remember that God called His creation good, and we are His creation and treasured by Him.
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