By Zach Wilbur
“In the beginning God created..”
For anyone who has grown up in the church, they have heard or read this phrase a thousand times. God created the heavens and the Earth, and He created everything within them. This truth from the book of Genesis is vital to the foundation of the Christian worldview because for every human, the very purpose we proclaim to have or believe in goes back to a view on creation. For example, if man does not have a creator, then man determines his own purpose and vision for his life. However, what should it look like if mankind does have a Creator? Does he follow the Creator, or does he follow his own desires? With that idea in mind, what purpose did God have for us when He made us? Genesis 1:26-30 details the account of the creation process,
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’”
Genesis makes it clear that God gave mankind an ability to govern and rule over the rest of creation. This is an incredible responsibility and task, but there is one aspect of this section of Scripture that often gets overlooked, yet has profound implications for mankind. That is, that man is the only aspect of creation that had consultation. What does that mean? Everything else God made, Scripture says that he spoke it into being and it was so (Gen. 1:3, Gen. 1:6, Gen. 1:9, Gen 1:14, Gen 1:20, Gen 1:24). However, with man, God does something else. He discusses amongst the three Persons of His being: The Holy Spirit, The Father, and The Son. Why? Because the pinnacle of God’s creation (man) was to represent so much more than everything else He created. We were to govern over creation yes, but the purpose God gave us was not tied up in this. God wove purpose and an identity into the fabric of our being and when God says that man is made in His image it means that we are to represent the three aspects of God, while wrapped in human flesh. This is an incredible honor, and our purpose from the outset was not one based off of performance, or job, or status, but to represent God on Earth. We were to be dedicated to Him, because God put attributes in us that he did not give to any other creature, or beast. We represent the living God, which leads the individual to know: I was made for a purpose.
Growing up in Southern California, Zach Wilbur had an immediate love for the outdoors and the beach. This love only pailed to One, and that was the love for the Creator of all of these things. Zach attended Liberty University for 3 years, majoring in Business Administration: Finance, but ultimately decided that God was leading him into full-time, vocational ministry. Currently, he works in Spiritual Formation at a church in Atlanta, Georgia.