Blueprint Truth #1
GOD IS LIFE, AND ALL OF CREATION FINDS ITS BEGINNING IN HIM
He created everything there is. Nothing exists that He didn’t make.
- John 1:3
Colossians 1:16-17 says, “For by Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers, rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things and by Him all things hold together.” God is the creator of the universe and all things begin in Him. In John 1:3 it says, “All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being.” Genesis begins the creation story by revealing the earth as formless and void (Genesis 1:2), which shows the chaos that was present. Then God speaks as the universal voice of beginning, and all manner of light, life, day, night, land, plants and animals are created by the sound of His directive! Then God creates mankind, His crowning achievement! It is important to remember that when God brings forth life, He is committed to caring for that life and sustaining it so when God created man, He placed him in the Garden of Eden, the first culture of life. (Gen. 2:15) God put man in the life-giving environment He provided, and He expected Adam, the firstborn of all human beings to be a protector of that culture of life. He expects Adam to be a “husband” to the Garden of Eden, which means to tend to the life-giving culture and continue to protect, provide and be a priest in that setting. This is one of the many ways men reflect God’s nature and is part of manhood training. It isn’t too early to help little boys learn what men “do” and who they are to “be”!
Your son or daughter will be excited to watch anything grow or come to life! If you can point out living things around the house or yard, it will awaken their awareness of life. Giving God credit helps cement the very important theology that all life comes from God. Here’s an example, when you are looking at plants, animals and other forms of living things say, “Honey, isn’t it amazing how God created such wonderful living things?” Additionally, teach your children to protect life by caring for it by feeding the pet, watering a plant, etc. Going on a nature walk is another fun way to see life. Outside play was a very important part of our children’s education. There is a sense of connectedness to God when we are in nature and it is far better to spend time in real places that have life, than for them to spend time in front of the screen. Their brains literally grow and change from experiences, so broaden their view of life by letting them experience whole person, life-giving settings and life-giving experiences.