The motto for the year—“Glory be to God, our Father”—incorporates three tasks that we have resolved to perform in 2017. It begins with recognising God’s glory and activity. Recognising the glory of God in all its magnitude is a very demanding task. However, with the Holy Spirit is possible for us to grasp the activity of God. — So what is it that we must recognise?
- God has created the visible world. Everything comes from Him. His will is the source of all things. Let us recognise God as the Creator and not allow any doubts to arise with regard to His authorship: “But if they were astonished at their power and virtue, let them understand by them, how much mightier He is that made them. For by the greatness and beauty of the creatures, proportionably the Maker of them is seen” (Wisdom of Solomon 13: 4–5).
- God has created the invisible world. In addition to the visible, material creation, God has also created the spiritual world. This world also includes the living human soul. God has also established a way for human beings to come back to fellowship with Him. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3: 16). That is the way! The Holy Spirit tells us this.
- God has placed the creation at the disposal of all mankind. It is and remains His creation. And He sees to the continuity of all things in His creation. He has entrusted the visible creation to us human beings, telling us to “subdue it” (Genesis 1: 28) in a responsible manner. We are to treat His creation with care, and deal responsibly with the resources it offers.
Let us recognise and acknowledge God as the Creator. Both the visible and invisible creation have been created for all human beings. This recognition is the starting point for our praise and thanksgiving. It also constitutes the basis for talking about God and declaring His glory.
In this mind and spirit I wish all of us wonderful insights into divine dimensions.
Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider (from: OF 07/2017)