A discussion with a friend provoked a thought a few weeks ago.. And yes, I’m finally sitting down to reflect on it in writing!
Often we associate the terms ‘bad’ and ‘wrong’ with sin. Thus it follows that all good things lead us onto the ‘right’ path. So does that mean good can’t go wrong – that we can live carelessly as long as we are doing ‘good’? But then again how do we define or distinguish between what is good and what is bad? Culture to culture, tradition to tradition would have their different standards and in their eyes they are right! If that’s the case, it all becomes relative and based on perspectives.
Let’s explore nature as God had intended it!
From day 1 to day 5, at the end of each day God saw what He had created and He saw it was good (Genesis 1).
The sequence of God’s acts is never accidental, God is a God of purpose, not chaos:
On the 6th day after God had created everything else,
1) God created man.
2) He gave the commandment regarding eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to the man.
3) Then God said that it was NOT good for the man to be alone and said he will make a helper fit for him.
4) God brought the living creatures to the man to be named and God clearly says that there was not found a helper fit for him.
5) Then God created woman out of man’s rib and brought HER to him! (Genesis 2:15-22)
That was the detailed account of what took place on the 6th day as we know BOTH were created on the same day:
So God created man in his own image.. male and female, He created them….. He blessed them.. He saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good – Genesis 1:27,31
EVERYTHING was VERY good once EVERYTHING was created!
Sorry guys but it’s interesting that God Himself made it clear that it was NOT good for man to be alone and after He brought woman to the scene, creation was completed and it was VERY GOOD. God Himself has made it clear that animals and birds (pets) are NOT helpers FIT for humans.
God didn’t create anything bad – He created everything good.. and in completion it all became VERY GOOD. He gave Adam a commandment. The enemy approached Eve – who hadn’t heard the commandment first hand from God as she was created AFTER the commandment was given. It was obvious that Eve knew of the commandment though as when Satan asked her, “Did God really say” she agreed. It is indeed easy to begin to doubt if not told directly.. Satan zoomed into that and managed to sway her mind. Doubt gives the foothold to the enemy.
Eve’s reasons to eat the fruit were all good – that it was good and pleasing to the eye, that it was desirable to gain wisdom and that it was good for food. Yet all these things became evil because God had clearly said not to. The reasons were for SELFISH gain, not God driven.
Adam was with her (at least at the point where she took the fruit). I thought it must have been all along but a friend said that was speculation as the Bible didn’t mention where he was until this point. Nonetheless, Adam didn’t stop Eve – wherever he had been before – but indeed took of the fruit and ate it with her.
What hit me was the fact that whom God created as VERY GOOD still made choices that were for GOOD reasons in their sight but was SIN in God’s eyes. Even though all that God had created was VERY GOOD, things didn’t happen the way God desired. Often we make choices that are ‘good’ in our eyes but that can be very much sin if it was about ME. Anything that we do out of the wrong motive – no matter how good the act is – is also sin.
Good without God leaves us with NOTHING… GOOD – GOD = O
God’s perfect will thus will not be about GOOD or RIGHT but rather it will reflect His nature. The motives will be spurred on by HIM for HiS glory with less and less of the acts of the sinful nature.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. – Galatians 5:19-21
For that to decrease we are asked to:
Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other (Galatians 5:16-17)
It is important to remember that we are all created VERY GOOD but what makes us ‘SIN’ is our choices. Are we wanting to please God or are we wanting to please our flesh or are we wanting to please the world around us? Where are we hoping to find fulfilment?
- What choices are you faced with today? Are you perhaps struggling to make a decision?
Remember God’s perfect plan for your live will be about HIM for HIS GLORY and will be accompanied with love, joy, patience, kindness , self control, gentleness etc in INCREASING measures with the sinful nature in a decreasing manner. His perfect plan will be in line with His LOGOS word (His written word) and with His nature.
Turn to God and ask Him to help search your heart and ways. Be open to the conviction or encouragement or counsel of the Holy Spirit to change what is not of Him or what is not pleasing to Him.
- How have you defined sin? Is there any need to re-look at that?
- Reflect on the acts of the sinful nature – what word leaps out at you at this moment? Perhaps you need to take it to the Lord in prayer.
- What are the areas in your life that perhaps contradict with God’s ways and are in line with the ways or trends of the world or your culture or traditions or to please your flesh – even the GOOD things (food, wisdom, aesthetic) if not in line with what God would want for you, it’s SIN.
- How do you view yourselves? How do you view others? How does the fact that we are ALL created in the image and likeness of God make you feel? How will this change your attitude or responses towards yourself and towards others?
- For those of you who love your pets, how would the level of attachment you have with your pets compare to that of your partner and other humans? How much of love and resources are you showing your pets and how much of this same quality love are you showing to those whom God has created in HIS image and in HIS likeness? God makes it clear that HUMANs were to have DOMINION over every living creature. What is the nature of your approach to your pets?