"I Am Special"
Mankind is different than any other aspect of God's creation. You are special. You have purpose and meaning. You also have choice. Will you choose to live the life God designed?
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I Am Special
A. I have several handmade gifts. They include cards or notes, a pen and holder, quilts, and even art. Things made by a child’s hand in school have enormous value and are proudly displayed on kitchen refrigerators around the country. Why? Why is something that is handmade so special, so cherished? Because someone took the time to make it just for you.
B. Ps. 8:3-4. Last week we opened the Bible to the first verse and read, “In the beginning God created…” For six days God created. “And God said, “Let there be light…” and it appeared. By God’s word light shined in darkness. What it must have been like during those days of creation to watch things come into existence that never existed. How God created the bible doesn’t tell except for one part of creation.
C. But the story of man is given more detail than any other part of the creation story. The story of man is told to us in Gen. 2. It is that story that I want us to meditate on today.
I. Breath of Life and Image of God
A. Sometimes we talk about average people. Have you ever wondered what is an average person? We can get average height, average weight, but an average person? You are more than just the sum of your body parts. You are more than just arms, legs, torso and head. You are special. You were created special.
B. I want you to think about creation of Adam and Eve. When God created the sun, moon, stars, rocks, trees, birds, fish, and animals, he waited until the very end we read how we came into existence. Look back again at verse 7. “Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” God, the creator of the universe took on some form and from the dust of ground created Adam. If that wasn’t enough to make you special, Moses reminds us that God breathed into us the very breath of life. Why doesn’t he say that about birds or the animals? They all breathe, but for you and me we are told that we were given the breath of life.
C. Think about it. God breathed HIS breath into Adam. God formed Adam from the ground, breathed into Adam’s nostrils and Adam became a living being. The KJV calls this the last action giving Adam a soul. But that is not the point in Genesis 2. The idea presented here is for us to see the delicate action that God himself takes in bringing man to life. You have value, purpose, meaning and God continues to see you as valuable. The Psalmist says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Ps. 139:14)
D. In Gen. 1we get the overview of the creation of mankind. Listen to verses 26-27. We were made in the image of God. That distinguishes us from all other living creatures. Jesus gave us a commentary on how much God places value on you above all other creation. (Matt. 6:25-26)
E. I know people like to talk about evolution and the process that one person described as “from the goo to the zoo to you.” I read the creation of mankind in Genesis 2 and see God making man after his image and breathing life into man. That makes you and me special.
II. Tend Your Garden
A. When God created man, he did so giving man a purpose. He placed Adam in a garden; a beautiful, wonderful garden. Here is the way Moses puts it (Gen. 2:15-17).
B. Many people want to garden. They like the idea of gardening, of seeing the rows of vegetables growing and then harvesting them and eating fresh food from their garden. It is great. Yet, we also know that since the fall of man maintaining a garden is not easy. I like to see a few tomato plants, but I am not sure I would want the responsibility of maintaining an entire garden.
C. I realize Adam was not in a vegetable garden. My point is this. God placed him there for a purpose. The purpose was to tend the garden God created for him. Adam began to do what he was created to do. In that garden were two trees. God specifically told Adam what he was to do and what he was not to do.
D. Adam was to tend the garden, but not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam was not created to fail and there wasn’t a design flaw in God’s creation. Adam had to decide if he was going to do what he was created to do or not.
E. I am no different. God created me and in my recreation, my spiritual creation, God has given me a purpose. My purpose is to glorify Him. I do that by being a light to the world and keeping myself unspotted from the world. I do that by living out my design.
F. I ask myself if I believe that I am God’s creation. The answer is yes. I ask myself if I believe God has given me a purpose. The answer is yes. I ask myself if I understand that purpose to glorify Him and that answer is yes. Now, will I do it? Will I tend my garden where God has placed me?
A There is so much that we do in pursuing significance. But, in light of this passage, our significance comes as we accept who we are in God. God created us by His own hand. We matter. B. Al Braca worked as a corporate bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald in NY. Al didn’t really like his job because he felt it was out of touch with his Christian values, but he also believed God placed him there to be a light in the darkness of the financial world. Some of his co-workers mocked him for his beliefs, but when there was a personal problem, many came privately to him and he prayed for them.
C. Al worked on the 105th floor of Tower On of the World Trade Center. He was at work on September 11, 2001. Al’s body was one of many found in the rubble. Reports began to trickle in from various sources that some people on the 105th floor made a last call or sent a last message telling loved ones that “a man” was leading people in prayer. In an article it stated that some of those messages referred to Al by name. The story says that when Al realized they were all trapped and would not be able to escape, Al led 50 people in prayer right up to the end.
D. Al believed he was important to God. That he was fearfully and wonderfully made. Al lived like it, will you? Will you live like you are important to the one who formed you, gave you life and placed you right where you need to be? If we can help you on God’s journey, then come as we stand and sing.