The Bible’s first book (known as “Genesis”) and the Gospel of John begin with the phrase “In the beginning.” Coincidence?
No, my dear friends, it was intentional. The Holy Spirit inspired the author of each book to introduce us to God.
As you begin the 21-day “Be the Message” challenge, read the 1st chapter of Genesis and the 1st chapter of the Gospel of John.
In Genesis 1, we meet God the Creator of all things. In John 1, we meet the “Word of God.” In Genesis 1:26-28, we learn that God created human beings in His image. In John 1:1, we learn that “the Word was with God, and the Word was God” and later in John 1:14 it says “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
In preparation for the 21-minute period you’ll spend listening to God, meditate on the following ideas and concepts:
- God created everything
- The Word was present at the creation of all things
- God spoke the universe and its inhabitants into existence
- The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us
- God was delighted with the creation of all things and people
- The Word was, is and always will be the Son of God who is full of grace and truth.
Go to a place of solitude and just listen for 21 minutes. If you are struggling to be still and “wait upon the Lord”, then review the six meditation points noted above.
After you are done listening, pray for what God has revealed to you through the power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is also a form of service, so feel free to pray for those in need. Since one of our goals in the 21-day challenge is to reach out and spend time with people who don’t know Jesus Christ as Lord, you should pray for the people that have or will meet during this journey of faith.
Did you see all the action featured in Genesis 1 and John 1?
God does not sit in a divine recliner somewhere. He is active and always present. He is the same God who parted the sea so Moses and the Jews could flee the slavery of the Egyptians. He is the God who sent the Word and his Son, Jesus Christ, to heal the sick, give sight to the blind and proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.
We should be active, so take 21 minutes today and do something to help someone. If they ask you why you are doing this, tell him or her that God created each of us with a purpose and part of your purpose is to help people.
I hope you find your first day of the “Being the Message” challenge to be exciting, helpful and full of joy.