Longing to Flourish

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Key Bible Verse: For the Lord is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the Lord,” he says, “and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:18)

Dig Deeper: 

The longing for human flourishing is present in the heart of most every human being, even if you are not a Christian. It’s the longing we sense when we watch late night infomercials about starving children. It’s the longing I sense when I see the same homeless families week in and week out, wondering what exactly I can do so they experience the kingdom of God.

We inherently long for the world, the whole of creation and its people, to function and flourish as they were meant. It’s in our DNA. The command to promote and steward creational flourishing was given to Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:28–29, and though they revolted against God’s goodness, the command was never rescinded, just re-calibrated. Where once their ability to carry out this command was a function of their full and uncorrupted humanity, carrying out the command now necessitates the explicit influence and power of God. Christ came and secured our ability to re-begin the work as intended, by giving himself over to the justice of God, in our place, and by exchanging our sin-sickness for his righteousness.

He gave us the Holy Spirit, and by the Holy Spirit, Christians can reengage in the creation mandate and do so in a way that causes creation to begin to reflect its future reality now.

– Léonce Crump in Renovate

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