The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became living being.
- Genesis 2:7
The creation of man has been understated with a simple story of the origin of man but God has shown me so much more. When God has breathed on Adam, he was given life. Come to think of it, us, as Christians were never really living not until God breathed on us. But God’s breath of life isn’t just a simple act of hobby to God. He created man to rule over His creation and to take care of it. (Gen 1:26)
Thus, as disciples of God, our need to His breath is inevitable but we also need to understand our stand on that to deserve a life.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
- Genesis 2:15
In deed when Adam was given life, he was truly blessed with all the wonders of the paradise by which God has placed him. Nonetheless, he stayed in the Garden of Eden not to be blessed alone but to be responsible of it.
When we become alive in Christ, indeed God’s promise of salvation is in us. We get to enjoy His grace in the most exciting way. But we live in Him not to enjoy alone but to be responsible as well.
So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.
- Genesis 2:20
To give names is to identify. People name people or things or others according to that identity that they know they can use to know the place of such thing or person in their lives. For example, a child names his/her mother “Mama” which is still according to his will to identify his mother as his Mom.
This is one of the critical points of working in the vision. We may not get it as first but it is according to our own will of how we actually work in this responsibility that the Lord has appointed us.
Question: How do you identify your ministry? What is your disciple, disciples and spiritual family to you? How do you identify the lost ones in your life as a servant of God?
In the creation, God could have had named all the animals himself but why did He appoint Adam to do it? Because God wanted Adam to handle his responsibility according to his own will. God appointed Adam this work for him to understand more of his role in the Garden. Same as to us as disciples. God leaves the appointment to us to see the way He sees the lost. That is why that’s our biggest goal, to be like Christ. To see the way He does, to feel the way He does and it all boils down to our own will being in line with His’.
IV. Warning to heed
But God did say, “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die”
- Genesis 3:3
Submission to Authority has always been one of men’s greatest struggles. But heed God’s word.
When God told Adam and Eve that they will die if they eat from the tree of life, God didn’t really mean they’ll die literally. But what happens to them was really death. (Gen 3:23). The fall of man, not only that they lost God’s trust in taking care of His creations in the Garden, they also lost the abundance that they had.
Imagine losing God’s anointing while handling other people. While calling yourself a disciple yet you’re not really one of them. Thus, disobedience as translated in Genesis leads to banishment.
To serve the Lord in the ministry of being a disciple and discipling other people as well, is the greatest appointment one can ever have.