I’ve heard it said from my friend and coworker, Marty Solomon, “we are human beings, no human doings.” The very idea of this comes from the first chapter of Genesis ”
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and wall the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”
Not only were we created in the image of God himself, but before Adam had a chance to do anything or produce anything, God says it was very good. In our day, good is just kind of meh, it’s not great, just okay. In the text good is great but very good is greater than great! And it is this way not based on anything else other than who we are and whose we are. It’s not about what we do, it never has been.
After being in Egypt for 400 years this was the first message Moses delivered to Israel. They are a rescued nation of slaves who have been making bricks for 400 years They have been told that their entire value and worth is wrapped up in what they are able to produce. This God comes and the first story He tells them is a story is an invitation to take a break — a Sabbath — and rest.
He insists that creation — themselves in particular — is good.
He invites them to stop working and trust that they are loved, valued and accepted just because of who they ARE — not for what they DO. God invites the ancient Israelites to see the world through a new set of lenses. He invites them to believe that He sees them as GOOD — made in the image of the Creator. He tells them to quit trying to find their value in what they are able to do and produce. But instead, they should stop working and REST.
He tells them, over and over again, that the story is good.
And He invites them to trust the story. (Borrowed from Marty’s Blog)
A message we need to hear over and over again, it’s not about what we do it’s about who we are. Made in God’s image, called to a weekly rest from normal daily activity to remember this message. Our jobs, our college or high school classes do not give us our identity. Our identity is found in the image of God, not because of what we do but because we are created. We rest as a way to remember and reflect on God’s love for us, that it is dependent on nothing, simply because we exist by his hand. Is your identity found in what you do or who you are?