We have to understand [creation] to mean that it includes his bringing life to dead situations in our lives. God is not only creator but also recreator of life. – How People Grow, p 29.
Creation. The act of making something from nothing. The territory of the divine. Religions acknowledge it as the source of all things in the universe. Secularists scoff at it as fable. Still, all surely hold some bit of respect for the act of creation, because, if true, it comes from a source of power far beyond the capabilities of humankind.
We think of God creating the world. Putting a planet within the habitable zone of the solar system, filling it with the right things to sustain life, creating many complimentary forms of life, and protecting the life with things such as strong magnetic fields and an atmosphere.
Creation goes beyond the physical as well.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
As humans, we’ve been infected. Infected with a disease that makes us selfish, and that leads us to multitudes of destructive and hateful actions. However, God offers the antidote, and can recreate us to what the human race was intended to be, an image of himself.
This re-creation goes beyond a new spiritual life within ourselves. We have dead relationships, stagnant lives that are not growing, physical organisms that are deteriorating. God wants to make the dead areas in our lives and make them new again.
Everything starts out with God as the Source. This is point number one in the Bible, and that is point number one in our theology of growth as well. – How People Grow, p 28.
If we want an area of our life to be made new, we need to see God as the source of the potential new life in that area. If we want re-creation in a relationship, we should seek out what God’s word has to say about interacting with other people, and pray for new perspectives for ourselves and for others. If we want guidance on even physical health, God’s word is still a source of information for us, and we can pray that God will help us establish healthy new habits to replace the old ones that will cut short our lives.
God wants us to have lives that are full of life. He wants to work in us to help us overcome circumstances and patterns of living that have trapped us and keep us from growing. We can have that new life as we draw near to God. He is not far from each one of us.
John 10:10 – The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.