As America and allies contemplate attacks on hapless Syria, already bruised by its own people, the other half of dumb and mute world looks on wondering if they are moving towards another string of destruction. The gas attack killings were crime against humanity. But, what do we call the killings that will be caused by the armed forces? Legitimate? After seeing series of such attacks as military interventions in the name of humanity with deceivingly positive outcomes none other than quiet rubble devastated for generations, one is forced to question this as – legitimate killings? We are late enough though to rethink what the role of man, of you and me, was in the beginning, could have been, is and should be? – To create or to destroy?
God created world in Genesis 1:1 out of nothing – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And, then, He created the beautiful world out of earth that was formless and empty. (Genesis 1:2– “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep..”)
The verb here is to create – the word ‘bara‘. This term applies to creating – something new and also creating something out of something. V1 & 2 are examples of it. Our God is the God of creation. All the beautiful things that are created in this world are by Him. And, He created man in His image – Then God said in Genesis 1:26, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule...” The man is supposed to live in His image, and, for that reason, is to create. Only man has the faculty to create as a conscious plan of God to carry forward his partnership with man.
Whenever man creates something, if it is a new invention or out of something God sees that as good. It pleases God. And, God prospers it. Whenever man does something he is creating or contributing in the process of creation, it gives Glory to God.
So, we have important reason and logic to create and not to destroy. How you spend your day ask yourself before you sleep, “what constructive, creative things I (as an individual, as a team) did today?” And, you will have some revelations. More creative value you have for yourself, your family, your environment, your professional team, your organization, your country, the world around you. How to assess your creative value? You can assess the creative value by seeing the growth and positive changes in yourself as a person and as a professional, in your relationships, in things and people in your environment.
More you will create, more your world will grow. And, you will grow in the likeness of God the purpose for which He made you. It’s never too late. So, let’s start. Let’s create as we are made to create!