So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
– Genesis 1:27-30 (NLT)
In the Garden of Eden, which was basically paradise on earth before we messed it up, God asked Adam and Eve to reign over the animals and govern the land. But they did so by always listening to His commands and advice. He walked among them, and they loved Him.
Things were awesome until one day they decided to do something He’d asked them not to do. They wanted to do things their own way. And suddenly messiness was introduced into the world.
I think about that moment a lot, because it was basically the turning point between paradise forever and the world we have now. If we could live the same way now that Adam and Eve lived at first in the Garden – listening to God’s advice and letting Him guide us – the world would be like heaven.
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We would have clean air, fully bellies, healthy bodies, safe and beautiful spaces. Because instead of asking, “what’s easy, convenient, makes me the most money, or gives me what I want,” every human being would ask, “what’s good and true and blesses others?”
That’s why one person listening to Jesus and following Him makes a difference. Every one of us who follows Him and takes His advice in all things makes the world a little bit more like heaven. A little closer to the world He designed until He comes and finishes the job.
Have you guys heard this incredible song by Rend Collective Experiment?
Picture of a Cloud by mel twocan. Adapted for this post by Stephanie Oh.