Do you ever think about who God is?
Along with some other women in our Bible study, I am looking at an attribute of God and dwelling on it daily. To ponder God in this way causes my mind to consider Him more deeply and to adore Him. He is worthy of all of our praise and adoration!
The three prepositions in the above verse may seem insignificant but they're actually quite important, especially when we are talking about Jesus, the Creator.
Creation was accomplished by Jesus Christ Himself. He didn't farm it out because He was unable to do it or it was beneath Him. No, it was by His very word and breath. No one else could do this work; it was done by Him and through Him. The final preposition stresses the glory of God. All things were created for Him. Like an artist creating a beautiful sculpture or painting, Jesus takes glory in His creation. Occasionally I watch a TV show called, "How It's Made". When they demonstrate the design of something that requires an assembly line, I often imagine that the factory worker has very little emotional connection with those objects. This is not the picture of Jesus at creation, though. Each created thing was formed by Him, through Him, and for Him. This is highly personal.
Most professing believers would go toe-to-toe any day with an evolutionist, insisting that Jesus Christ is the Creator of all. We don't need to argue that point. As I was dwelling on this truth about Jesus, though, I was challenged to see His creative works in me every single day of my life too.
If we believe that Jesus is the Creator of all, do we also believe that He is still at work creating things in us through His power and for His glory? If you are a mama, do you believe that Jesus is at work in you to love and care for your little ones? If you are a woman who diligently goes to work each day, do you believe that Jesus strengthens you and gives you the gifts needed to complete your responsibilities? No matter our stage of life, do we believe that we truly can do nothing apart from Jesus?
When I prepare for leading a Bible study, when I serve my family, when I respect my husband, it is through the power of the Holy Spirit. No matter what is on your to-do list or what you are commanded to do by the Lord Himself, it is Jesus at work in you creating the end results. In order to make an eternal impact, we must be more and more dependent upon Jesus to work in us and through us. When I attempt any of this on my own, I end up stealing the glory from God and that's a sorry state to be in. I know that my creations are nothing compared to what Jesus Christ, the ultimate creative Artist, can do.
It sure is humbling to know I can do nothing apart from Jesus. Let's exalt the Lord and do all things through Him!