The Christian creative life is one of growing trust and deeper connection with Heaven’s storehouse of treasures. Let the world do the chasing, you concentrate on the trusting. God is bringing to you exactly what you need.
Over the past week, I’ve been sharing some thoughts about slowing down and the creative Christian life from the first few chapters of Genesis. I want to continue down that road. It and actually just look at just a couple of verses from those chapters today in Genesis 2:18 through 22. We get this incredible story of God’s creating from Adam’s side, the helpmate that he had designed for Adam Eve and the Scriptures tell us that the Lord God said it’s not good that man should be alone.
I’m going to make him a help meet for him and the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept.
He took one of his ribs, closed up the flesh instead thereof. And the rib which the Lord got it taken from the man. And from that rib he made a woman and brought her to him. And although I’m probably stretching this allegorically a little bit kind of broadly, I think there’s a lot that we can pull just from these few verses regarding working from a place of rest and creative Christian life. If you stick with me for a few minutes, I think that there’s going to be some nourishment in what we pull from these verses and what we share.
Number one, I got five points that I’ve just brought out of this and extracted from these beautiful versus this historical see, Genesis is a historical document, okay? It’s not philosophy. It’s not some farfetched allegory. It’s actual history. And so the principles that we’re pulling from this are lessons that we can learn from it.
But in reality, Genesis and these first chapters of Genesis are a historical document primarily. I just want to stress that because there’s so many lies and so much kind of buying into this bizarre idea that things can cut like that beautiful, perfect, exquisite design can arise from accident. And it’s just like so beyond comprehension and so beyond reason that it actually takes a great deal more faith to believe that than it does to believe that there was a supernatural hand of a designer who brought this wonderful world into existence.
But I digress number one, it is not good. That man should be alone as stewardship is not solitary in a life and light are meant to be shared.
And your walk with Christ is inevitably and by design, connected to others, the giving and receiving. So everyone benefits from the blessing that we’re called to become. And we benefit from the blessing that others are becoming. At the same time, we’re growing together. There really is strength and creative unity.
And by that, I don’t mean conformity. We’re different. And that is one of the things that makes us strong. Each has their own voice to bring to the choir, and the Symphony that we sing is only complete when we learn to work together. But this brings me to my next point that God will connect you with your tribe.
I love that it’s not good that man should be alone at first point, but that verse continues and says, I will make him a help meet or perfectly designed for him. It may be a bit of a leap from a wife to a band of warriors, but the principle here that I want to draw out is that God has a tribe that he will connect you with. Unity and diversity works great in theory, but in everyday practise, they’re going to be those you resonate and connect with on a deeper level than others.
We may be one body. We may be connected in this universal fashion as the capital sea Church of God.
But within that there are going to be connections and relationships that really do gel where we can kind of really knit ourselves together in love as the Bible encourages us to. That’s absolutely fine. And it is to be expected. Don’t be fearful to be yourself and certainly don’t try and please everyone. And if you’re looking to live a bold, creative, fearless life, it is going to not be easy to live a life that pleases everyone.
If you try, you can try as hard as you like, but you’re guaranteed to fail in this process, this creative process of becoming who we already are in Christ. That when you find your voice or begin to find your voice, you become magnetic. But we’ve got to be aware that being a magnet both attracts and repels at the same time. I want to encourage you that God has your people out there ready to connect with a tribe of like minded, like hearted believers who will shoulder a similar call and will be a help meet for the season that you are in.
We help one another and God will connect us with the right people in the right place at the right time for that to happen.
Number three, your best work will come from faithful rest, and I like this one again. I’m like being pretty expensive in my interpretations here, but the Bible says the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept. And I got to thinking about this. And what came to my mind was the fact that God sometimes does his greatest work. When we get out of the way, producing your best work comes from a place of faithful rest in the provision of God and trusting yourself entirely to Him.
Now Hebrews speaks of entering into God’s rest and cease in from our own works. Hebrews four verse ten. What a powerful picture of the life of trust and the ultimate creativity and creation that comes from it. We find here in the slumbering Adam. You could not get more yielded to the hand and the purpose of God than this picture of Adam.
And it is a picture of rest, not of slaveish obedience, not of endless work, but one of complete rest. And I believe that there is a place in Christ where we cease from our own works. But in that our activity may well increase, our active engagement may well increase our productivity may well increase, but it’s no longer coming from that selfgenerating anxious movement on the inside. But from a leaning back into a life of deeper trust in what God and number one, God has made you. And number two in what he can bring forth from you as you give your life more and more completely to him in that place of trust.
Number four, God took one of his ribs. Okay, so he has Adam laid out. God took one of his ribs, closed up the flesh thereof, and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man. From it, he made a woman. The crowning creations of your life will come from those things that are close to your heart.
The raw material for God’s best creation was taken from what was closest to Adam’s heart. God took from his side. God took a rib from his side. And from that place, that area closest to Adam’s heart, he made something remarkably beautiful and later named her Eve, which means lifegiver. And what I want to ask you right now, this is just in keeping with our kind of unpacking the idea of the creative Christian life.
What are the things that you carry close to your heart? What gets you out of bed in the morning now? I’m not talking about the alarm clock. I’m talking about that internal alarm clock that causes you to get up and begin to move your feet with purpose. What stirs your passion?
What makes you angry? What are the causes that cause your inner man to rise up and take a stand? What are those things that you find consuming that maybe even other people don’t? What are the drivers that make you the person that you are distinct and different from others? Yet at the same time connected to a bigger purpose, that others can connect with these kinds of things, these things that we carry close to our heart, and that really kind of move us affect us.
These are indicators of areas that you might be able to tap your life giving flow. And then finally, number five, it’s not a chase or a race. It says here that God brought her unto the man God brought his best to Adam. Adam did not have to chase Eve down. Although the picture of it is quite funny, he didn’t have to endlessly seek, earn or deserve this ultimate gift from God.
Consider the following Scripture, for we are God’s own handiwork, his workmanship recreated in Christ Jesus born and knew that we may do those good works which God predestined and planned beforehand for us, taking paths which he prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them, living the good life which he prearranged and made ready for us to live. Ephesians two verse ten in the amplified Bible. Sheera Basso Tolo Macayne What a verse. See, God has already prepared paths for you to walk in planned beforehand that you should walk in them, living the good life which he prepared prearranged and made ready for you to live.
And your good life is going to be different than my good life.
Sometimes we can slap a worldly kind of paint job on God’s word and think, oh yeah, the good life is the same good life that the world is trying to foist on us all. It may include some of those elements, but I can assure you the good life in Christ is far greater than anything the world can put on your plate. Sheila Carabao Latanda It’s a life rich both in the natural and in the spirit. But it’s prepared. God is bringing you into his prearranged plan and he’s bringing to you all that you need to walk successfully in.
It the right places, the right people, the right resources. The life of faith certainly may be one where we pursue, but the pursuit is ultimately of God himself seeking deeper and knowing his ways and his will more fully and better. Chasing the world and your tail. Really? Certainly, I found.
I mean, you may have a different story to tell, but it just leads to frustration, but seeking first God’s Kingdom and his righteous way of being and doing will bring you face to face with your destiny in Jesus name. The Christian creative life is one of growing trust and deeper connection with heaven. Storehouse of treasures that are there reserved for you. Let the world do the chasing. You concentrate on the trusting God is bringing to you exactly what you need.
Matthew six eight, nine. Your father knows what you need before you ask him, pray. Therefore, in the place of prayer, your life and your message will be perfected to hit the Mark God is bringing to you the very best and all that you need in order to fulfil what he has prepared and planned for your life. Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully, it’s been an encouragement to you today.
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