What is God Doing?
Published Dec. 14, 2011 @ 11:47 a.m.
Have you ever wondered what God is doing? I know I have! It is kind of funny but I tend to ask that question when things are going wrong. I never really ask what God is doing when things are going right. It isn’t that I am not grateful for when things go right. It is that I’m generally not paying attention to the great questions when everything is going well.
I don’t propose to be able to know what God is doing in each individual life. The truth is that isn’t any of my business the relationship that you have with God. I can only point to what God is doing in my life hoping that God will sometimes use me to point you to a greater relationship with God through my sharing with you what God is doing with me. But one of the great things about God is that the Lord deals with each one of us in a unique fashion just as you and I are unique individuals.
However, that is not to say that we cannot know what God is doing in the much broader spectrum of God’s relationship with the whole human race. In fact, God has left us the witness of His Word to tell us what God is doing and to invite us to be a part of what God is doing. In fact, that is part of why God sends us Jesus.
When we look at the beginning of creation we read in Genesis 1 that God made humanity in God’s own image. This is not a physical resemblance since God is Spirit. Physically, God calls us “adam” which is Hebrew for creature of clay. It is not in our physical appearance that humanity was made in the image of God. Rather, we find that God breathed in us the breath of life.
In both Hebrew and Greek the word we translate “spirit” also means “wind” and “breath.” When read in Genesis that God breathed life into us more is happening than simply the exchange of air in our lungs. We were made spiritually alive by God’s own Holy Spirit.
Then there came the fall of humanity. It is true that when Eve and Adam took of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge they did not immediately die physically. But spiritually they died the moment they took that first bite for in taking of the fruit of the tree humanity rejected God and thus, God’s Spirit of life. The image of God breathed into us was marred. But God did not destroy humanity and start over. Creation wasn’t yet finished.
Jesus is the beginning of a new creation. In many places in the Old Testament God promises that this new work is coming. But in a time when such a work was least to be expected God began the work announcing the birth of a Messiah; a new king, indeed, a new creature.
When we celebrate the coming of the King we are not simply celebrating a new world order. We are celebrating a new creation. And when we believe in Jesus Christ, even though we continue to live physically in the old order, we become creatures of that new order; that new creation that God is accomplishing in those who believe in Jesus as the Son of God. Every time we wish each other a “Merry Christmas” we are announcing that God has begun a new creation in Christ Jesus, our Lord.