Posted by: New in Every Way | April 23, 2012

Push the Start Button

My grandchildren, Nikki and Connor, are typical fun-loving teenagers, but they are also good workers. A major reason for that is their parents included them from an early age as little helpers.

The first time I saw this was one day when Nikki was a baby. She began fussing, so her mother scooped her up in one arm and retrieved a bottle from the fridge with the other. Then Heidi walked to the microwave, set the time, and said to Nikki, “Push Start.” Nikki leaned forward and put her tiny finger on the Start button. She pushed and pushed. Finally, her mom pressed the button and the microwave came to life.

Father God did the same thing with the human race in its infancy. Right away, he made us his helpers.

27 So God created mankind in his own image . . . male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. . .  

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. . . .

19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:15, 19).

If God could create a garden, he could surely maintain it. If he could create animals, he could name them. But he didn’t. For some reason, he gave those tasks to us.

Make It Personal

  • Like a human parent, do you suppose God takes delight in the fellowship you—his child—give him as you work with him?
  • As a Father, is God proud of your efforts, even though they are small compared with his?
  • Will he personally train you to partner with him in increasingly significant ways?

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