Genesis – a simple concept the creation of everything from nothing by a creator. However we all have our own beginnings, fresh starts, re-genesis at key points in our lives.
For example when we find that special someone who will change us because we want to develop with them. We change them. Or at the birth of our children, now they really are a new beginning.
For those without children life is relatively straightforward and with children it can be but the change or new beginning is becoming the parent.
Often as a parent we are asked why does this happen..? or can’t we do that…? and the answer is our better judgement indicates it’s too dangerous. The parent who drives but is too afraid to let their teenage child drive because of the reckless side of the teen or other drivers. To the teen it smacks of hypocrisy but its experience speaking and concern for their well fare.
You know that never goes away.
The creator our parent has set boundaries, indicates concern and demonstrates care, because of that we have the opportunity for new beginnings.
Our bodies have the capacity to heal. So when faced with type 2 diabetes we don’t start digging our grave, we begin again by changing our life style.
Spiritually we have the capacity to heal, to become reconciled to God. To find favour with the creator by literally addressing the things that are wrong in our lives.
We see a world wracked with suffering and poverty, oppression and cruelty, but also we see riches beyond the imagination of millions. Injustice is the ugly face of the 21st Century, political, social, moral and spiritual the corruption permeates our whole lives. Why? the bible makes it plain (1 John 5:19) . . .We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.
Taking the parent analogy (1 John 2:13) . . .I am writing you, fathers, because you have come to know him who is from the beginning. I am writing you, young men, because you have conquered the wicked one. . . .
So the world is controlled by the wicked one – the one who took Jesus to a high mountain and showed him the kingdoms of the earth and said you can have – yes they were his to give. Satan is controlling this world. – There is the answer to why we need a new beginning.
If you dug a well and found the water to be bitter or unsafe, and the reason was something simple like who owned the land wouldn’t you look to relocate?
The New Beginning
(2 Peter 3:9) . . .Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.
The opportunity to begin again is based on Gods patience.
(John 3:16-21) . . .“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him. 18 Whoever exercises faith in him is not to be judged. Whoever does not exercise faith has been judged already, because he has not exercised faith in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. 19 Now this is the basis for judgment: that the light has come into the world, but men have loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were wicked. 20 For whoever practices vile things hates the light and does not come to the light, so that his works may not be reproved. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that his works may be made manifest as having been done in harmony with God.”
Read the whole text and note verse 21. Gods love is open to all but not unconditional we have to begin our new life by accepting our works, what we do with our lives must be in harmony with Gods Word.
The reward is “life”, true freedom and a relationship with the creator.
So the changes required
The bible clearly speaks to those who have a love for God and exhorts that we make real changes in how we think, the way we live our lives, our participation is fruitless activities like Politics. If we have started to serve God and pray for his kingdom to come – we must advocate that Kingdom. As advocates we can’t then associate ourselves with political ideals that further divide and damage people. We stand for God’s Kingdom therefore we have already voted and accept the greater rulership of God in our lives.
Then we make certain we have taken real action, note the words (1 Peter 3:21) . . .Baptism, which corresponds to this, is also now saving you (not by the removing of the filth of the flesh, but by the request to God for a good conscience), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Yes we see alignment with this corrupt system as dirty, unclean and just as when we put the past behind and begin again we sweep the dirt and filth away.
Life is about beginnings, it requires honest appraisal and considerable effort but the rewards of greater value than all the riches this world has to offer.