If I asked you which chapter in the Bible is known as the “love chapter,” how would you respond? All of sacred Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, is rooted in the love of God, but most Christians would promptly identify the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians as the “love chapter” of the Bible.
Now, if I asked you which month on our calendar is known as the “love month,” how would you answer? Most would point to February, the month we have just started, because of Valentine’s Day. So as we move toward February 14th, that special “love day,” I would like to sharpen our focus on the love of God that has been poured out on you under five headings: God’s love . . .
- WROUGHT YOU
- SOUGHT YOU
- CAUGHT YOU
- BOUGHT YOU
- TAUGHT YOU
Today, let’s see how God’s love WROUGHT you. The word wrought means to fashion, form, or create. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth; He also created (wrought) you.
God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness . . . So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)
You [O Lord] created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body . . .
The unbelieving world tells us that we are merely a product of time plus matter plus chance; God reveals something altogether different. We are wrought by God, for God, and created in the image of God. Do you really believe God created you without a purpose in mind? Of course not! Everything that has been made has been created by its Creator for a purpose. The car maker has a purpose for creating the car. The watchmaker has a purpose for creating the watch. The ice cream maker has a purpose for creating the ice cream. And God has a purpose for creating YOU!
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. Then God said, “I give you ever seed bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
As an image bearer of the Most High God, you have been designed by your Maker to reflect His glory in all you think, do, say, and desire.
All of this comes under the heading of what theologians call the Cultural Mandate. You were wrought to be a creational caretaker of all that God has made. Now, since the fall in the Garden (which we will explore in the upcoming “CAUGHT YOU” devotional), our cultural caretaking must be accomplished by the sweat of our brow as we wrestle with the thorns and thistles of God’s judgment. Nonetheless, we have been given the very same mandate—both before and after the fall—to care for and have dominion over all that God created.
So . . . how are you doing in this very important area? Are you acting as a good steward?
More on the God’s amazing love for you coming on Wednesday.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!