the message:day 1
[Read & meditate on Matthew 4.17. To the Jewish people, the idea of repenting was returning to the way things were supposed to be. How do you think Jesus believed things were supposed to be?]
It seems that as the One who spoke the universe into being, would sense that the best way to be is the way things were originally created to be. Maybe we need to take a look back at Genesis to see the way things were supposed to be. As we look there, we see that as humans we lived in harmony with God, each other and the world around us–the directive was to care for the world and to fill it. There was a sense of true relationship–with God and each other.
When sin–a choice to do things their way instead of God’s–enters the story, it upsets the harmony and the true relationship that they experienced. At the end of Genesis 3, Adam and Eve are sent away from the garden and in a sense, the rest of the story is getting back to that place, not just physically, but spiritually, relationally, etc. With this in mind, perhaps this true relationship, harmony, and rulership was the place that we need to return to.
Do I have a sense that things are not the way they are supposed to be in my life?
Do I have a desire to return to the place that I belong?
What will it take to get there?