By Adam Eaton
For me, so much of my desire to worship God comes out of the place of being known. I am known by God for He created me, designed me, and ultimately gave me purpose. Inherent in that truth is the call to worship. Genesis chapters one and two replay for us a time, however brief, when man walked with God; a relationship vibrant, active, and participatory. It is this picture I am constantly reminded of as we engage the conversation of worship.
It does not take long walking around this world to see the terror of not knowing this basic truth. It is obvious to me that we were designed for worship, for I see people all over worshipping all kinds of things. The decision is not “to worship or not to worship,” but is more appropriately “what or whom shall we worship?” Again, I turn back to Genesis one and two. So God has created earth and water, rock and tree, bird and fish. Finally comes man, and God relates to this creation different from the rest. God gives man a command, a job, a purpose. And He gives (1:28) and He gives (1:29) and He gives (1:30). Chapter two verse fifteen sums it up:
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it”
He created us, gave us all things, and simply asked us to “work it and keep it.”
All I can do in response to this revelation is praise God for His goodness and love, for I am known! I am His, I don’t have to find my identity anywhere else! That is good enough news itself:
“for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” — Psalm 139:14
Yet God did not just stop at creating us, He gave us purpose, also, and a place to reside, to live, to be.
think it is not happenstance that the analogy or parallel that Jesus uses in John 15 is one from the garden. God had placed us in His garden, and all He asked was that we remain in it and care for it. Christ is bridging that gap, as He does, and returning us to Eden:
“Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” -John 15:3-5
And my heart soars again, for here is Christ, as His Father had done originally, building relationship and giving purpose. What can we do but bow our heads and hearts in worship? Wrong has been righted, relationship restored, and our response is praise.