Posted by: Brian Musser | April 20, 2014

The Father Creates Us

Work-Ship – Week Two:  The Father At Work – Day Eleven:  The Father Creates Us

Last week we came to the conclusion that our definition of work must be based on God’s work.  If we are going to figure out what work is, how we are supposed to work and the proper place work should have in our lives it must be rooted in the way God works.  So we are going to spend a significant amount of time over the next several weeks looking at the work of God.  To organize this conversation about the work of God we are going to explore God’s work through the lens of the Trinity.

  • Week Two – The Father at Work
  • Week Three – The Son at Work
  • Week Four – The Spirit at Work

As we have seen several times during this study, God created the heavens and the earth. In Genesis 1:26 – 31, 2:7 and 2:22 we see God create Adam and Eve.  We know that God has made humanity.  Creating the human race is part of God’s work.  Not only has God created the entire universe; not only has God created all of humanity; but God has specifically created each and everyone of us.  God is responsible for the creation as a whole but is also involved in the creation of the parts.  Let’s look at Psalm 139:13 – 16 again.

Psalm 139:13-16 (HCSB)

13 For it was You who created my inward parts;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful,
and I know this very well.
15 My bones were not hidden from You
when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in Your book and planned
before a single one of them began.

and Jeremiah 1:5 (HCSB)

(God is Speaking) I chose you before I formed you in the womb;
I set you apart before you were born.
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.

Quite often when we think about God’s work, we have these thoughts of extreme grandeur.  We not only think about God creating a star, we wax eloquently about God creating all the stars in the heavens.  This is true.  God has created everything.  But when we say that God has created everything I think we often miss the fact that God has created every thing.  God created me and you and your neighbor and your grandmother.  God created each of us specifically and thoughtfully.  That phrase in Psalm 139:15 that is translated “inward parts” could actually be translated literally “kidneys.”  God specifically created your kidneys.  God took the time to create each of us.  God put thought and effort into who we are and who we are supposed to be.  God worked out the details of our lives and personalities. The language in these verses is very particular and detail oriented.

This truth says a lot about who we are and can be used to exalt the place of humanity in the creation of the universe.  I agree with that but I’m not going to concentrate on it.  As we have been discussing, I want to focus on the work of God.  What does God’s creation of us each individually say about the way God works?  God works in the details.  God works on the grand scale.  God did create the Milky Way.  God is the Lord of all time.  But God is also the God who created the atom and is the Lord of every second.  God created on the small scale, as well.  When we look at the work humanity does, the image of God can be displayed in the little parts of our work just as easily as in the huge projects.  We can be creative like God on that one piece of paper just as much as Michelangelo was on the Sistine Chapel.  Our lemonade stand can display God just as easily as a multi-national corporation.

Do you overlook the possibility of God’s image being displayed in the small things you day at work?

Spend a moment in prayer to God asking Him to show Himself to you and through you in some small way today.

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