Created to Know the Creator
*As we consider the New City Catechism's 4th and 5th Questions, enjoy this guest post from the brilliant Derek Resler (husband of Ashley, bearer of TWO seminary degrees, periodic professor of Church history, and member at LCC).
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
- Indescribable by Chris Tomlin
As good Coloradoans, we are reminded daily of the creative power and work of God. Whether it is the beautiful mountain skyline or the vivid sun sets, we are witnesses to God’s goodness and power. At times it is overwhelming and we struggle like our ancestor Job who concluded that God’s power and goodness are “too wonderful for me to know” (Job 42:3). Yet, God desires for us to continue to seek understanding and knowledge about His creation because when we do, we peer ever farther into the vast beauty and goodness of God. Believers should never shrink from science as science is the great magnifier into the divine. But creation is simply the garden in which His greatest creation lives and grows, that being you and I.
One of the most powerful truths in all the world is that this awe-inspiring God decided to not just create humanity, but to know humanity. As Max Lucado says, “You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.” Each of us, both male and female, were uniquely created by God and we were uniquely created in His image (Gen. 1:27). This means that we simply do not look like God, but we bear His attributes as well. That means that we can love, can create beauty, can choose to be good, can forgive, and most importantly, bear life. We were created to pro-create, to give birth to life and to fill the earth with His image bearers. We can breathe life into each other with words of kindness, love, can care. We can breathe life into His creation by taking care of the world around us. We can breathe life into the brokenness of our family members and neighbors who have never met Jesus. In essence, we bear the image of Jesus to each person that we meet.
Ultimately, we bear His image for Him alone. When we forget this simple truth the image of Jesus within us dims. However, when we remember that we were created for God alone, then the Jesus image within us grows brighter and brighter. As a husband and father, I know both the pain of focusing too much on my wife and my children and believing that God created me for them. The results are always the same: the image of Jesus dims within me and I find myself never content, more selfish, less patient, less loving, and unable to see the beauty in the simple things. However, when I re-align my focus back on God, and remember that I was created for God alone, the image of Jesus within me becomes vibrant and life giving again.
May each of us exalt in the presence of God and in His glory, relishing the idea that we were created for Him alone, to worship and enjoy Him forever. It is my prayer that each of us will continually seek to peer ever deeper into His presence and majesty through what He has created.