A New Project Called Eden

Saturday’s Are For Pondering

Eden is a glimpse into God’s vision for his creation.  “So God created man in his own imagine, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.  Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground (Genesis 1:27-28, NIV).

Yet something went wrong, horribly wrong.  Often we focus on this catastrophic event call sin and we should, however not at the neglect of Eden.  Since that catastrophic event we have focused on rubble.  I recently visited Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.  The rubble was so great I was overwhelmed.  Living in the rubble of a catastrophic can leave you daze and confused.  Overwhelmed by the enormity of the fallout.  When this happens we often loose hope. We want to help, but we don’t know where to begin.  We find ourselves going into a survival mood where we focus on our own needs forgetting the common good and needs of others.

A glimpse backwards to Eden can be a sobering and provide a hopeful view for those of us who find ourselves outside of Eden.  In glancing over our shoulders we are reminded that God is our creator and he has a plan for our lives (not simply me, but us).

In Christ he has launched a new project or as Paul referred to it, a new creation.  Through the Gospel this new creation is made possible.  When the Gospel is planted it brings forth fruit, some 20, 40, 60 fold.  When this happens his kingdom comes and his will is done on earth as it is in heaven.  A new Eden is establish.  We are in the middle of this new project.  We are created to be a kingdom of kings and priest.  As kings we subdue and rule over the earth.  As kings we are a different kind of king, one model in the life of Jesus our King!  We are also priest and as a priestly people we are called to represent this new project by reestablishing Eden wherever we go.  Jesus referred to us as “salt” and “light” and declared that we would be “witnesses” of this new kingdom.

Often this project is reflected in the churches we plant, the missions we establish, and the causes we represent.  On the other hand these projects just mentioned can be a reflection of our rebellion, our need to build a tower (Babel), or our tendency to return to Eden through the broad gate. Understanding Eden through the window of the Gospel and understanding the Gospel through the window of Eden is an important part of aligning with our Creator and joining him in his mission.

Read Genesis 1 today and reflect on God’s vision for his creation.  What does it look like to be a kingdom of priest and kings?  How does the project we find ourselves in reflect God’s project of establishing a new creation?

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