January 1

Genesis 1:27, 2:7-9, 19-20

In the beginning

Having just been created by God, Adam the first man on earth, found himself surrounded by a beautiful garden called Eden. Up above the sun shone with a warm glow. Around him there were all kinds of trees with fruit to eat. There were many animals too, and all of them were tame. There were birds, furry animals, climbing animals and creeping insects. God brought all the creatures He had created to Adam, and whatever name Adam decided on, that was its name.

Meanwhile, the Lord noticed that Adam had no one like himself to talk to. Although Adam was made in the image of God and could talk to God, Adam was human and there was no other creature on earth that was able to be his close friend and helper.

What makes me so special?

Isn't it wonderful to realize that of all the thousands of creatures God created, only Adam was made in His image? God placed a spirit inside Adam so that he could talk to God, be creative (like thinking up all sorts of names), love, and feel the need to be loved.

When God made you He also placed a spirit inside you—a part of you that will live for ever and ever. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). As part of God’s beautiful creation, God took as much care to form you as He did when He formed Adam (Psalm 139:13).

God has made you with a special purpose: to know Him and to bring Him pleasure; and whenever you pray, your spirit reaches out to the Lord, which makes Him very happy. Other creatures cannot do that because they do not have a spirit. That’s what makes you so special!

Verse for today

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1