Even Better Than Eden: God's Design, Our Future
“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” (Robert L. Peters)
We are designed by God for a story. There is a longing for purpose and meaning. If we do not understand this design, we will then seek some other meaning. If we do not find it in God, we will look elsewhere. We will pursue the wrong things when the god we worship is not God—or worse, a counterfeit or small or cultural God of our own making.
So this is what I am praying that this study will do—I am praying that you and I will humble ourselves and let Him do the teaching and the interpreting, as he does to the travelers on the Emmaus road in Luke 24. I pray that we will let Him be who He is, let Him show us how every story, from Adam and Eve, to the Exodus, to the death of Christ, and in the ultimate end to come, impacts this thirst for meaning. We will do this over and over, and I hope that each time we do, it is going to give you a sense of not only where He is going, but where you are going.
When we understand what we are designed for, I pray that it will then shape the culture of our homes, our work, our neighborhood. As it transforms our worship, changes our response and relationship to Him into one of trust and obedience, and I pray that purpose will shape our interactions with God, our relationships, our work. I pray that this summer, He will fill us with a taste of His glory so that we can overflow it onto our loved ones and impact our days.
This is exciting to consider. While we can individually shape the immediate culture around us, collectively, a transformed people working together can develop a culture of faith, goodness, and beauty within our homes, our church, and as the bigger body of Christ. Together, we can become the beautiful Bride that reflects Him and points others to Him. Our small impact can, together provide an alternative counter-culture to our broken and dark around us today.
Many of us are raising children and seeking to equip children for a world that is foreign to our own experience. There are many things we cannot see. But this is one way to do it. Instead of trying to fit them into the existing culture, let us seek to create that culture, and our future.
Immersing ourselves in that story is a start. Growing in your worship and faith is crucial. Joining with others who are doing likewise gives us the motivation and encouragement to keep walking forward with the light of Christ.
Know your design. Let it create the culture around you instead of letting that outside culture mold you. May it shape your values and how you live. And then let us believe that God will use us in these days to leave an imprint behind us that points others to Him, a ripple effect that impacts generations to come.