One of the things we learn about the Creation account in Genesis 1 is that we were created for a purpose.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
– Genesis 1:26-31, ESV
We were the only one of God’s creation that was made like Him. We possess both a physical and spiritual side. Neuroscience is telling us that as we study the patterns and practices of worship and faith, our brains actually change to embrace those acts of faith. In other words, we were wired to increase in faith as we demonstrate faith and pursue that spiritual side. The more you trust and believe in God, the more your brain rewires itself to trust and believe in God. It’s “in our DNA.” Think about that for a moment. We were built to embrace and worship God.
But we were also created to have dominion over the Earth. Some might interpret this as we can do anything we want to do. That’s not correct. Our rule should be based on Christ’s example. Christ’s life on the Earth was as the servant king, and His commands are that to be seen as first in Heaven, we must be the servant to all. Putting that in light of what God is saying here in the Creation account, we are the brains who are supposed to use those brains to help sustain this creation around us. That was the first job given to Man. We see it further emphasized by Adam and his wife being placed in the Garden to work it. So long as we do that, this creation will sustain us. Like so many things in God’s design, it’s a circle.
As God has revealed Himself throughout the Scriptures, we realize that our role is beyond just making sure the environment is taken care of. We are the witnesses of His love in this world. We are the ones who are to spread the Good News, the Gospel, to others. We are the instrument of change not only taking care of the plants and animals, but our fellow Man. We are the ones who should show a different way of living, one of sacrifice for each other and for the God we love, which runs contrary to what the world says is the way to live and be. There is an order to things. God is in control. We exist to serve and worship Him and ultimately we are wired to be fulfilled best when we do just that. We are to seek to restore this order to the fallen world corrupted by our sin. And as we do so our hearts should be on testifying to the glory and majesty of our God, our Creator, our Sovereign. After all, we were created in His image. We were created to understand what it means to worship Him. We were built to exult in doing so. So let us put aside the worship of things, people, ourselves, and anything else other than the Living God, and find our fulfillment in Him as we begin this new week.