11/23/2018 4 Comments
Combining My Passions To Meet God’s Purpose
Throughout the years I have accumulated various interests and skills that I believe God ultimately provided me with in order to fulfill the plan He has laid out for my life. While these passions all seemed to diverge down different avenues, I have begun to see the interconnectedness + alignment of each one of them through the pursuit of creation ministry.
When speaking of creation ministry, I am referring to studying how + why God created us + the universe, and using those truths to declare His love, sovereignty, goodness, divinity.
The world is magnificent! Just take a look around — It is quite impossible for a system so beautifully complex to have happened by chance. From the vast + great wonders down to the various leaves + insects, there is beauty + purpose behind the design of it all. The unfathomable creativity is direct evidence of a Creator (Psalm 19:1, Isaiah 40:26, Romans 1:20). And the best part? The same wise + powerful Creator of the universe + all within it created us too. He longs to know us personally + love us intimately + He meets us right where we are.
Before the existence of any person or thing, God created the universe (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 33:6-9, Hebrews 11:3). He crafted each individual planet + set them in motion. He spoke light into the dark void with the stars + constellations, moon + sun. He became the first gardener sprouting plants + vegetation from the barren ground. Lastly, He created all of the animals in the world — in the sky, ocean, ground. And He continues creating. Each morning + evening our eyes are graced with His artistry through the formation of vibrant sunrises + sunsets. We are blessed with the news of babies being born that He has meticulously formed in their mother’s womb, in the image of Him (Isaiah 44:24, Psalm 139:13-16, Genesis 1:26-27).
The human body is fascinatingly complex, from the way our organs operate + communicate to the way our mind processes information + controls our behavior. What we put into our bodies has direct effects on how they function + how we feel, and likewise what we ingest + interpret with our minds impacts individual systems throughout. All of these intricate components are of one being — coming together in unfathomably perfect synchronicity + harmony, and when any single piece is off, it affects the whole system.
This perfect cohesive design for the individual being was also the intention for the entire world. When God created the world it was very good (Genesis 1:31) — it was perfect. Not only was the physical world + our own crafting one of perfection, but the relationships we as humans had with one another + with God were equally favorable.
However, we neglected this immeasurable gift when we chose to disobey God (Genesis 3). Because of our disobedience, we disrupted harmony + presented harm to the once-perfect world. Because of our disobedience, we broke personal connection + peace with the Father (Genesis 3:8), as well as with each other (Genesis 3:12). Because of our disobedience, we infected the world with the disease of sin (Romans 5:12). The signs of chaos, conflict, casualty, calamity that we face today are all consequences of our own rebellious doing. We are sick + in need of a healer — someone to save us from this brokenness + hurting. Fortunately, God has provided us that person through His son Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5, John 10:9, John 14:6). We do not have to dwell in the darkness that exists in our own nature or that of the world. We are given a clear way out through a relationship with Christ that will bring us light + set us free.
Traveling + Culture
In Genesis 11:1-9 we learn of how our various languages + cultures began. We were created to share a common vernacular, but once again due to our sin + disobedience to God, our punishment was confusion + disbursement. God had called us to multiply + fill the earth (Genesis 1:28, 9:1), yet we ignored His command out of our own selfishness to make a name for ourselves + to not be scattered across the earth (11:4). Because of our disobedience to God, we got exactly what we were trying to avoid. This happening was not for the worse, but rather it presents hope + joy for us living today!
I find beauty in the diversity of various cultures + languages, being able to see how truly unique + intuitive the Father has created His people to be. This scattering of people across the earth has also presented us with the opportunity to explore His physical creation of the earth as well, and provides us the inimitable opportunity to go out into the world + tell the unreached people groups (Mark 16:15, Psalm 96:3, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 28:19) about our magnificent, merciful, mighty, matchless Messiah who has saved us from all sin + death, and is coming again to forever save us from this world’s pain + brokenness.
The lyrics to this song by Hillsong United so perfectly captures God's unfathomable, unmatchable creation that overflows my heart.
(Video via New Hope Baptist Church).
11/24/2018 10:17:48 am
I always like the pictures you post on your blog posts. You've seen some different cultures and people groups in your travels thus far (Mexico; Scotland; etc.). Ireland will be something new although it may be similar to Scotland if you've studied Western Civilization in school. I'm sure you'll get the chance to share your faith while you're studying there. I assume it's still a very deeply divided country (religious tolerance) between Catholics and Protestants. Theology and the discussion therein is a "hot button" topic and there are many different views/positions throughout Christianity and Protestants especially. (FYI: On my end over here while looking at your blog there is an advertisement from the Mormon Church pushing for the Book of Mormon; not sure if you can control what is advertised on your blog; I thought I would let you know in case you can control the advertising content if you don't want the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints hijacking your blog and content).
11/24/2018 04:19:01 pm
Ok, I just reviewed it and figured out how to block specific ads. Thanks for letting me know!
11/26/2018 08:12:08 am
How exciting! That's great that you are feeling a calling to this ministry (creation science; evangelism?, Christian apologetics?) as a Christian creationist . Although I have my concerns about Hillsong United, I do like the lyrics to this song. I also like your pictures. What you wrote on this subject in your blog is excellent, as usual. I'm also glad that you learned how to block the LDS and other ads that are in opposition to your (our) beliefs. We are so proud of you and how you are growing in your faith - and how this blog glorifies God.
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