We are Special
Here are four ways in which we are special and important.
- We are special and important because we can think.
God told Adam and Eve to care for the earth (Genesis 1:28-30). This means that the earth and everything on it were put into our care. We are to be caretakers1 (caliph) of the earth. We should use the earth for the good of people. We build roads and tall buildings. We use cows and donkeys. We make and use websites and cell phones. We can do all this because we can think and plan and work. We must work to control and use the world for good. If we do not, we are not obeying God.
- We are special and important because we can talk with God.
God talked with Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:28-30). When we talk with God, we say that we are praying. Prayer is both listening to God and talking to him. God hears us when we talk with him through prayers. The fact is, God has also chosen to talk with us.
- We are special and important because we know the difference between right and wrong.
God placed Adam and Eve in a beautiful garden. It was called the Garden of Eden. God told Adam to eat all the fruit he wanted. But there was one fruit that he should not eat. That fruit came from a special tree. It was called “the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad.”
God said to Adam: “You must not eat the fruit of that tree; if you do, you will die the same day” (Genesis 2:17).
Adam had to decide whether to obey or not to obey God.
The story of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” is important. It shows two truths:
First, we know the difference between right and wrong. God himself shows us what is right.
Second, God does not force us to obey him. We ourselves must decide whether we will do right.
- We are special and important because God has a special plan for us.
God put the breath of life into Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:7). In fact, God breathed his own breath into Adam. This means that God has given us some of his own special kind of life.
Because we have this special kind of life, we are more than caretakers of the earth. God even calls us his children. We are created in God’s likeness. For this reason God wants us to live with him forever in Heaven.