Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mighty Men: What are men fighting for? Part 1 of 2

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. On the sixth day God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26. “Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” Gen 2:15.

From this partial account of creation we learn some valuable things about the nature of man in his purest form. Man was created in God’s image and he was given stewardship or management of God’s creation. Can you imagine? God created paradise in the Garden and left an entire world of wild and untamed land outside of it for Adam to rule over. In simple terms God instructs Adam, “You are in charge…Go conquer it.” (Shay Standard Version).

Man was made to work even in a world without sin. This implies that man is meant to be active not idle. Adam was a man of action, that’s the way he was created. He was in charge of the animals of the land, the birds of the sky, all the creatures of the deep, the garden cultivation and the most awe inspiring creation of all…woman. God gave Adam this incredible job to do and he was adequately equipped to satisfy his job description. Think about the joy you find in fulfilling a job description. Have you ever faced a job that you knew would be a monster accomplishment if you completed the task well? As a man I treasure the feeling of that kind of accomplishment. The satisfaction of a job well done is directly linked to the way God wired us as men.

God created man to conquer the greatest job description ever written. God gave Adam a healthy drive and desire to work, to accomplish the task the Lord had put before him. However, Adam and Eve were disobedient thus sin entered the world (Gen 3:6). Along with sin came the curse that follows disobedience (Gen 3:17-19). Here is where our nature spins out of control. Prior to the fall God gave us a task of stewardship, which he placed within man’s grasp. Man forfeited his rule over the world to Satan (Heb 2:5-9) and yet the desire/instinct to rule remains. Stewardship is now out of our grasp. This broken eggshell of man’s former self is trying to hold everything together yet man in all his efforts cannot succeed. Creation "wars" against us. The conception of original sin gave birth to “the fight” in the lives of men.

So where does that leave us? What do we do with this nature? Check out Part 2 tomorrow...

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