Do not conform to the pattern of this world. but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good. pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
There are two stories about the creation of the world in Genesis. In the first one, from day 1 to day 6, God made different creations, day and night, sky and water, land and vegetations, time and seasons, living creatures of land and sea, and mankind, who rule over all the others. There is one thing in common in the creation process, and it is God saw that it was good. By the seventh day, God had finished the work he had been doing, so on the seventh day, he rested. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. The rest and the blessings are also part of God’s creation.
The second story focuses on the creation of mankind. The Lord God formed a man from the dust on the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being. God planted a garden and made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree that bears the knowledge of good and evil. God formed all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them, and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. Everything was perfect.
It is a precious and meaningful job for humankind to rule over the rest of the world. Human beings enjoy it and use their wisdom to develop helpful management systems, allowing more people to enjoy the beautiful world. People can manage according to their own will and benefit from and enjoy it in the managing process. In addition to discovering and appreciating the treasures of nature, humans brought out the best of themselves to help each other, become partners, treat each other with love and tenderness, and make the world a better place.
However, as time goes on, resources are consumed and getting scarcer, but people’s desires grow. People started to use different means to achieve their personal goals. Stress and conflict stepped into relationships, making them more challenging, demanding, and jealous and greedy. Negativity grew and drove people away from peace, harmony and contentment, leaving them with increasing cravings. The world has changed from an enjoyable perfection to a place where people suffer. However, must we suffer in this world?
One of the most important grace God blesses us with is free will. We can choose which path to take, and what kind of person we become. We can follow the flow of the materialistic world, or we can choose to return to the simple world God created. Some people may think that the human heart is too simple to cope with this complicated world. But God Himself has revealed the end of our world through the Bible. All we need to do is to have faith and remind ourselves of the date the Lord returns. We shall refresh our mind and see the beauty of our world, because God’s will is good, and it is for the world to witness God’s glory in His beautiful creation.
Dear friends, what would you choose? How do you reopen your mind so that you can see God’s pure and good will? May we return to our original love and let God create the beauty and glory of this world!