Made For This (1:1-2:3)
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Episode 103 · 6 months ago

Made For This (1:1-2:3)


You were uniquely created for a purpose. God formed and filled. So fill it up - you were made for this!

It was very good. Yes, it was. Today we begin a brand new series through the first eleven chapters of the very first book in the Bible, the book of Genesis, which just simply means beginnings. We get to start at the very beginning. If you don't have a Bible, I would encourage you to find one. We have free ones. We would love to give one to you before you leave today. Take one home pulled up on your phone. Read it at home. Read it the first eleven chapters. is where we're gonna be for the first or for the next several weeks. Follow along and, Um, if you would like to write the words, will be on the screen behind me as well. I'm just really excited about this series. I believe that it is gonna be a foundational message series for us, like in our season of where we are as a church. I'm just really excited about it and we're gonna lay some strong foundation, some solid foundation that can be built on, a solid foundation that's going to last. I just believe, looking forward into the fall, come come August, September, that God's gonna do some incredible things, that he's gonna continue to bring many people to join us and and to find hope in life, in Jesus Christ, and it's been so cool this summer. You've guys been inviting people to join you. God has been bringing people and like here's amazing stories happening and being told and it's been really, really cool. Um. But I just look forward to the August, September season. People are finished with their vacation, schools back started, people start get coming around and I just have a great hopes and believe that God is going to do some incredible things in and through our church and I'm ready for it and I just are you ready for it? All right, I think so. I think we're ready. I think we're more than ready. And so, if you have your Bible, turn with me to genesis chapter one, the very, very beginning page one of your Bible. I want to read it for you. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and the Earth was formless and empty and darkness covered the deep waters and the spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, let there be light, and there was light and God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness and God called the Light Day and the darkness night and evening passed and morning came, marking the first day. Then God said, let there be a space between the waters to separate the waters above the heavens from the waters of the Earth, and that's what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from this waters of the heavens, and God called the space sky, and evening passed and morning came, marking the second day. Then God said, let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place so dry ground may appear, and that's what happened. So God called the dry ground land and the water seas, and God saw that it was good. And God said, let the land sprout...

...with vegetation, every sort of seed bearing plant and trees that grow seed bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came, and that is what happened. The land produced vegetation, all sorts of seed bearing plants and trees with seed bearing fruit. Their seeds produce plants and trees of the same kind, and God saw that it was good, and evening passed and morning came, marking the third day. Then God said that the lights appear in the sky to separate the light from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on earth. And that is what happened. God made two great lights, the larger one to govern the day and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. And God set these lights in the Sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day. Then God said, let the waters swarm with fish and other life, let the skies be filled with birds of every kind. So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water and every sort of bird, each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God blessed them. It's saying be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the season, let the birds multiply on the earth. And evening passed the morning came, marking the fifth day. Then God said, let the Earth produce every sort of animal, every producing offspring of the same kind. Livestock, small animals that scurry across the ground, wild animals, and that is what happened. God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind, and God saw that it was good and God said, let us make human beings in our image to be like us. They will reign over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock and all the wild animals on the earth and the small animals that scurry along the round. So God created human beings and his image and the image of God. He created them male and female. He created them. Then God blessed them and said be fruitful and multiply, filled the earth and govern it, rain over the fish in the sea and the birds of the sky and all the ground, all the animals that scurry along the ground. Then God said, look, I've given you every sea bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food, and I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals and the birds and the sky and the small animals that scurry along the ground and everything that has life. And that is what happened. Then God looked over all he had made and he saw that it was very good. And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day. So creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. And on the seventh day God had finished his work of creation. So he rested from all his work and God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. We just thank you for your word. Amen. I want... to see in these first chapters of genesis that there is a pattern here that is powerful to us. To understand that God creates things. He forms the container, he formed the empty space, he formed the thing and then he filled it with stuff. He formed it and he filled it. He shaped it and he filled it. He formed the space and then he filled it with something coming after that. And God loves to fill stuff. How many of you know? God loves to fill stuff. It's gotta be open, bro It's gotta be available to fill and God wants to fill you with his Holy Spirit. God wants to fill you with his truth, Fill your heart with love and your mind with truth. He wants to fill your homes with good us. He wants to fill your marriages with grace and mercy. God loves to fill stuff, but you gotta be open. Say I'm open. I'm open. Say Fill me up, God, fill me up. Yeah, God forms things and he fills things and God loves to fill church buildings. God loves to fill seats and worship services. There are so many people who are far from God in our community, in our lives, in our networks, that are lost without hope, without purpose, without direction, and they need Jesus and we've created an amazing space for people to come and find exactly what they need, to find connection to Jesus, to find new life, for forgiveness of sins, and God is gonna fill it. I believe he's going to fill it. I believe it. Do you believe it? Say Fill it up, God, fill it up. God UBS to fill things, but before there was anything to fill up and before there was anything that could do the filling, there was nothing. Think about nothing for a second and all the guys are like, Oh, nothing, my favorite thing to think about. What are you thinking about? Nothing, nothing, and all the women in are like, I don't understand that at all. I got a million things running through my head. Nothing is not a category, I know, but for us guys nothing it's nice. Nothing is is a thing, right. And so in the beginning there was nothing. But we read that God was there in the beginning. God, God has no...

...beginning, no end. God is eternal. When there was nothing, there was God. God doesn't need anything. He is self sufficient, he's self sustaining. He was there in the beginning. There was nothing, except there was God. Wrap your brain around that for a second, right, an eternal no beginning, no end, God. And what did he do? He well, he created. But there's a Hebrew word used here in genesis chapter one for God. The word is Eloheim and it's a interesting word because it is a plural word, which means more than one. And you're like, I thought there was one God. Right, it's a plural word used with singular verbs, which is weird. Right. But what this word communicates is that there is a plurality of power in this creator God. It's like the royal we if you will. It's there's very powerful in this plurality. But it also cracks the door open to this idea of the Trinity, that there is one God and three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, and we see them all in creation. We see the father, we see the spirit hovering over the deep, we see the word being spoken and creating and seeing Jesus, all three members of the Trinity. In the beginning, God and He created the heavens and the earth. He formed it and he filled it. He created the container and he filled it. There was a moment when there was nothing, there was a moment when there was absolutely nothing, and then everyone picture and nothing and then everything, everything came and you know, it was a little chaotic, it was a little without form. It needed some shape and God used his voice to create, his his word to create. And did you know that your word, your words that you speak, are powerful too. Like you don't have the ability to create something out of nothing, but you have the power with your words to shape your life. Like are your words speaking life into your situation? Are they speaking hope into what you're dealing with? Are they speaking truth into what you're dealing with, or are your words creating a different kind of reality? Are they dragging you away? Are you leading you to places that you didn't want to go? Your words are very powerful and God's word is what created everything. It formed it and it filled it and he... it all kind of situated and he put it all together. And I was just looking at these things the other day and like, what is this? It's a bird house. It's beautiful. What fills a bird house? Birds do okay. What's this? It's a house, and what fills a house? People. Okay. And what is this? That's right. I don't know why they all have this on the top, but that is what you know it as. Right. And what fills a church building? She people. There you go. Yeah, I got one more thing, this one. What what is this? A treasure chest, and what fills a treasure chest? I know for certain there is some treasure in here, but I got a problem. It's got a lock on it. So does anyone. I need some help. I need some help. Can I can I get some help in trying to unlock the lock? If you unlock the lock, then I'll give you what'sever in it. Do you wanna try? And do you want to try? There's only one thousand, Two d nineties six options, so you've got actually a fairly decent chance, you know. So you know. What do you want to do? Yeah, leave it up to do. Yeah, I don't know. There you go. That's no, not gonna work. Good, try. Give it up. There we go, give it up. We want another attempt, another attempt. All right, all right, you get the one thousand two chants out of one. This could be your lucky day, a very lucky day. WHO's excited to see the treasure inside? I mean some locks give you like a one and like a million chance. Right, the PADLOCKS, you don't even know how to turn them. What? Three times this direction, in two, three, this is easy. Alright, good, try and good, try and get your I can try. Let's go up here. Somebody else.

Want to give it a shot? All right, come on, Joey, try how many times. I can do it. What? Well, I mean one time. One out of one thousand two, nine, right, m m HM, HM, pull it open. Oh, I got it. What he's got it? Oh My, I don't know. I wasn't prepared to give that away. No, no, it's some gift cards. Yeah, that's for you. That's for you. That's for you. Yeah, it's a treasure. WHOA. Yeah, so thanks for ruining my illustration. One out of nine thousand two, yeah, he didn't ruin my illustration. How did? How did he get it from me? He knew the combination right, look at look at the screen. Look at the screen. He got it because it was rigged. It was rigged. It was rigged. I wanted to give him the treasury. Yeah, it was rigged. I told him the combination. And the same is true with creation. It was rigged. We live in a goldilocks universe. It's perfect. It's impossibly perfect. If we were a little further from the sun, we would burn, if we were a little or a little closer to the sun, we would burn, if we are a little farther away, we would freeze. If you know, if the Earth was spinning faster, it would be over with. It was too slow. We'd be out somewhere. You know, the tilt is just right and if anything was just a little off, it would be impossible. It's impossible that we're here and the very fact that we are says only one thing and we all knew it. It's rigged. It was rigged and we read about how God rigged it in Genesis, chapter one, and on the first day it says that God created. It said, let there be light and there was light and God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness and he called the light day and the darkness night. God said he spoke with his words and it was...

...good what he made and he called it light. He called it. I wonder, when you call things in your life, you label things in your life. How do you do that? Right? He is an adjective. Fill in the blank. Right, she is so my job is so right. Right. This situation is so God created it. He is the one that gets to call it. He is the one that gets to name it. He is the one that gets to label it. And so when you think about that person and you want to label it something, what does God say it is? What does God say they are? What does God call it? God is the one who speaks and he calls it. And that's day one. On Day two, God said that there'll be space between the waters to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth. Now there's not any waters up there anymore. We read about in a couple of weeks how those waters were involved in the flood, and but they was creating this space. He's creating what's called the sky and an evening passed in a morning came, which is fascinating that there are those words to describe the evening in the morning and these different days of creation. How long is a day? It's a great question that many people ask. Right, did God really create everything in six days? Could he have created everything in six days? Well, that one's an easy question. You could have created everything in six seconds, right, let alone six days. But in the evening pass in the morning came. We believe that Moses kind of is traditionally the identified as the author of the first five books of the Bible, and so when Moses us is writing like these words have to have meaning. He can't just be writing something that doesn't mean anything. And so the best way to describe what a word means is how did the author describe the situation? And so when you talk about a day and then you talk about an evening and a morning, it seems to make sense that there's a day as we understand it, in the evening in the morning and there's this twenty four hour kind of idea, and evening passed in a morning came. There's certainly poetry and and Um symbolism in the book of Genesis, like how do you have an evening in the morning and light without any sun? There's no sun created yet, right. But trying to understand how the day, how long a day is, fits in with this idea of very popular in our culture today, the theory of evolution, and in order for that theory to work you need millions and millions of years and so you have to try and figure it out and...

...if you'd like to wrestle with that more with me, I'd love to get together and study and pull out the books and do all the research and dig into that more of how it all works and how it all fits together. That there is a lot of research out there. But whenever you try to fit a million years into the six days of creation, you kind of fitted in in different places. Sometimes it's between day one and day two. Other Times it's in verse two, where everything was kind of dark and formless. Sometimes you just say a day is an age, because that word that's used in the Hebrew could also mean like an age. It's doesn't mean necessarily a twenty four hour period. And so you try to fit it into all those different places and I always understand when you try and do that there's two main things that come to mind. The first one is when God created everything. How old was it when he created it? Do we know? Like when God created the mountain and Said Mountain, here you go, was it a baby mountain or was it like a mountain with age? Like when God created the plants and the trees and the people, was it like day zero or like he created it with age? Okay, God created everything. We know that for sure from the scriptures. God created everything with age. The other thing that millions of years kind of lends itself to in the theory of evolution is this whole idea of there has to be death and decay and disease so that reproduction and mutation have to happen. And so in the scriptures we read how all of that sin, death, disease, decay started in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned. And so I don't understand how you can have millions of years before sin and still yet have the effects of sin leading to Adam and eve and the guard and Um. Yeah, so again, if you have thoughts about that, if you'd like to dig in more and figure all those stuff out, I'd love to do that with you. Those are just some simple thoughts about the length of day and how that fits in with creation and the theory of evolution. But that evening in the morning is the theme that you see throughout all the days, of course. And so then on day three, God created the dry ground and the seeds produce plants and trees of the same kind, which is important again, because if you go and plant an apple seed, do you have to pray and hope to God that you get an apple tree? Like, please, God, apple seed, give me an apple tree, please, please. That's a one in a million chance. Come on, come on, right. No, you plant an apple seed and you get an apple tree every time.

Now there's millions, there's on those millions as exaggerated. There's lots of types of apples that you might get, but you will never get an orange from an apple seed. Okay, that's what God is saying here in Genesis one. The seeds produce plants and trees of the same kind. And so notice on day one, day two and day three, God has formed the container, he has formed the space, he has created the space, and now what he does in day four, five and six is he fills it with stuff like it was made for this, like the containers were made to be filled, and the things that are gonna come next were made to fill these spaces. And so on day four, God said, let light appear in the sky to separate the day from the night and let them be signs to mark the seasons, the days and the years. The Sun, moon and stars were created to fill the light and the night and those things, the sun and moon, they were used for navigation, for calendar, and God tells us this in Genesis Chapter One. And so then on day five, God fills the sky and the waters with the birds and the fish and he's filling it and he blesses them. It's the first time that he blesses the thing that he created. And they multiply, which is fascinating. And then on day six God makes the animals and they again multiply, and the human beings, and they do as well. God blessed them and he said that they have governance over the creation, they rule it. And for the very first time, when God created the human beings, he called it not just good, he called it very good, very good. And so, with all of these days of creation, I want you to see this pattern of forming and filling that all of it has a purpose, all of it has a design. It's formed. The first three days are forming it and now the next three days he is filling it. Everything has a purpose, everything has a place, everything has a design. And the problem comes in our life when we don't live in that design, when we don't operate in that order. Like we can't just fill whatever we want to fill. Like people don't live in bird houses and bird houses don't worship in church services. Right, we can't just do whatever we want to do. There's a purpose behind it all. And so think about the animals for a minute. The animals were created with a very specific purpose and skills and abilities and they not all, not all of them, can do everything well, right, there's some...

...that can run and some that can swim and some that can climb and some that can fly. But not everyone is the same skilled in all the different areas. So like a duck, for example. A duck can swim pretty good on the water. You can even fly a little bit, some of them can. But a duck running long distances not good. That's like what rabbits do. Right, rabbits can run, they can run fast, rabbits don't swim, and that's okay. Or what about climbing right, climbing to the top of the trees? Squirrels are really good at that. But you tell a squirrel to fly and they're gonna find the highest point and you know some of them will glide down, but that's not flying. There you go falling with style. That's so you need eagles. Eagles can just start at bottom and fly up to the top that you know they can go wherever they want. Who needs to run when you can fly? But and Eagle is not gonna swim. The Eagle is not gonna do that. And so the same is true about all of us, is that we were created with a specific design, as specific purpose, and we oftentimes think that we should be able to do what everyone else is doing, or we expect everyone else to do everything well, but that leads to frustration, to metriocry and all this stuff, and ultimately it leads to failure, because the truth is this. Well, all of us spend too much time on our phones, flipping through social media, looking out into the world and everyone's highlight reel. Say, man, if I was just more like this person, if I had their looks. My life would be so much better if I was skilled in this particular area. Oh, this would be so good. But you were made to be you and no one else. You were made to be you and no one else. God has given you unique abilities and a unique purpose that is unique to you, and your abilities match you're calling. Everyone has a calling by God. You have a life mission, a life purpose, a life message. It's unique to you. But there's one more day, right, there's one more day, and on the seventh day God blessed it.

It's the only day that God blessed and he declared it holy, which means set apart or sanctified. And what did he do on day seven? He rested. Now, I told you not too long ago that God doesn't need anything. He is self sufficient. He doesn't he is all powerful, he can do whatever he wants to do. God doesn't need to rest, he doesn't need a nap, but he chooses to do so because he is giving us an example, he's giving us a rhythm and a routine to live into. And if God chooses to rest, then I just wonder, have you, like, why do we think, as mere created people, that we can just go and go and go and go and run around and do all this stuff and not do what God designed and ordered to do like He. If he's resting, then we better rest as well. And, spiritually speaking, have you rested from your work? God rested from his work. Have you rested from your work? There is something inside of all of us that wants to work, to be made right with God, to do enough good things, to try harder, to be more involved in good things that honor God. We want that. There's something inside of us that wants to earn our right standing with God, and he's telling us, he's telling you today, rest, stop working so hard, stop trying so hard and rest in what God has already done for you through Jesus Christ. He's done everything, he has done all the work, so you just rest in what he has done. And in our daily life we go around and live our our everyday kind of life. We need to move in what we were made for, like you. Were designed with a unique purpose and a unique reason, and live into that like there is a restful purposefulness that comes when we live into that. And we stopped trying to be something that we're not. We stopped trying to pretend that we're something, or start stop trying to attain something that doesn't apply to us, like we know what we're gifted in, we know our purpose that God has given us, and we can rest full Lee,...

...move in and accomplish that, because I believe that you were made for this and that this was made for you, and so fill it up, fill it up, fill up your world, fill up your relationships, fill up with love. Fill it up with love, like the world's gonna look at you and be like, why do you care so much about them, like what do they have to give you? What do they have to offer you? What do they have? Like why? I don't understand it. Why do you love them? Why do you care about them? Like, look at what they've done to you. I can't believe that you still even talk to them, let alone love them. And God gets all the glory when we fill our worlds with his love. Or what about filling up your world with his wisdom? Like our world is talking about, arguing about all sorts of things, and it gets nasty quick. You know, it's like this and that, and you're meaning and this, and I can't believe you believe that, and about you know, and it's just as crazy, chaotic. You know I'm right because of a million reasons, and it's just like, I don't understand right. And we can fill it with wisdom and just like, let whoever talk talk and they're like, you're still listening. Yeah, you're mad at me. No, are you done talking? Okay, and you speak wisdom and you speak logic and it's like you're filling your world with wisdom. You were made for this, this was made for you. Phil it up. You were made for this time. You were made for this world, with these problems, with these issues. You were made for this city, for this community. You were made for your family. Fill it up, fill it up. Let's pray, God. We thank you for your love, we thank you for the purpose that you have for all of us. Lord, you've designed us so perfectly, so uniquely, so intricately, and Lord, I just pray that we would learn how to fill it up with you, with your spirit, with your love, with your truth, with your mercy, with your grace, with your goodness, with your kindness. God, as you live through us, may we live for you and may you receive all the glory and honor and everything that we do. In Jesus Name Amen.

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