I was reading in Genesis chapter 1 recently. I’m sure there are many Christians doing the same, since so many start at the beginning of the Bible when a new year starts. In fact, I would guess that Genesis 1 is one of the most read chapters in the Bible.
There’s a few verses I’d like to share with you regarding this chapter that I think will help guide you as you begin the new year. Read each one…you’ll see what I mean!
Genesis 1:3-8, 14-15
3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
6 Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 7 And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. 8 God called the space “sky.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them mark off the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened.
That word is repeated various times in these verses. Why?
From the moment that God creates everything, He separates things and gives them individual identities. He doesn’t just “separate” light and darkness. He actually separates them so that each one can fulfill its designed function. The light was meant for the day and the darkness for night.
Without separation, there is no fulfillment of roles and responsibilities.
God even did this with humans! He made females and males, and there is NO doubting the differences between us!
God did not create some cosmic puree where everything looks, tastes and feels the same. God created a heavenly stew! He made every individual ingredient with its own unique identity that when combined with the others makes something incredible.
As you move into 2012, will you be “separated”? Will you allow the unique qualities that God has placed inside of you to shine? It’s possible that for a long time you have tried to be like others, look like others, fit in to the mold that others have for you, and act like others.
It is time for this to end. It is time for you to be you! One of the greatest ways to honor God is to be faithful to who He has created you to be.
God gave clear distinctions right at the beginning…it should be no different for you.
Resolve to live this year according to the identity that Christ has given to you. If you choose to do this, you will find the greatest fulfillment you have ever had.