Recreation Topical Study

<p><strong><span class="heading-lg">Recreation in Scripture</span></strong></p><ul><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Genesis 2:1-4</a>, God rested on the seventh day</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Psalm 116</a>, rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Isaiah 65:17-25</a>, God will create a new heaven and a new earth</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Matthew 11:28-30</a>, &quot;Come to me, all you that are weary. . .&quot;</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Mark 6:30-32</a>, Jesus said, &quot;Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.&quot;</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">2 Corinthians 5:11-17</a>, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation</span></li><li><span class="body-copy"><a href="">Galatians 6</a>, a new creation is everything</span></li></ul><p><strong style="font-size: 13.008px;"><span class="heading-lg">Reflections about Recreation</span></strong></p><p><span class="body-copy"><strong><span class="heading-sm">All Things New</span></strong></span></p><p><span class="body-copy">Old covenant and new covenant. Old&nbsp;<span class="body-copy">Adam and new Adam. Old life and new life. The way of things in the biblical narrative is that God is in the business of taking what is old and making it new. This is &quot;re-creation.&quot; The old covenant of gracious law is re-created to be a new covenant of law fulfilled by grace. The old Adam who bears the shame of sin is put to death and re-created in the new Adam, Christ, who was put to death and re-created, resurrected. The old way of life that haunts Christians is re-created by the work of Christ and of his Spirit. We do not become new people entirely, as though possessing nothing in common with who w</span>e once were. Rather, who we once were is refined, re-oriented, and re-created to new purpose.</span></p><p><span class="body-copy">You say &quot;recreation,&quot; I say &quot;re-creation&quot;: It i<span class="body-copy">s important to play with the linguistics here. Too often, being re-created in the image of Christ is described as burdensome, fatiguing hard work, after all, the command was to pick up a cross and follow! But the linguistics betray something delightful: that there is joy and freedom and release in finally allowing our actions to align with our holy purpose. Created in the image of God, there is great delight when our perceptions of the world, our attitudes, actions, thoughts, and words, align to their original purpose. To be re-created is to fit into God&#39;s created purpose. Fitting into God&#39;s created purpose</span>, we are re-created to participate in the re-creation of God&#39;s good (yet still broken) world.</span></p><p><span class="body-copy"><strong><span class="heading-sm">Patterns of Our Lives</span></strong></span></p><p><span class="body-copy">The Sabbath is a day of rest. Many people ha<span class="body-copy">ve memories of growing up in Sabbatarian households where to &quot;rest&quot; was equivalent to not doing childishly joyful (read: loud) things. Another linguistic parallel worth noting is that &quot;rest&quot; and &quot;restore&quot; come from the same root. In a society where work is physically active, a day of physical rest or stillness is restorative. In a society where work is done while sitting at a desk and at a computer, restoration or re-creation may well be the work of a long run or a bike ride. As we approach the Sabbath day in a new context, it would serve us well to ask: &quot;In what ways have the last six days made me less than my creat</span>ed-in-God&#39;s-image self? How can I receive this day as a gift to re-create what the world has broken down?&quot;</span></p><p><span class="body-copy">The Bible tells us that we ar<span class="body-copy">e to pattern our lives on the behavior of children. &quot;I tell you, the kingdom of God belongs to such as these&quot; (Matt. 19:14). What this means has been disputed over the centuries. I asked an elementary school-age kid in my congregation once what he made of that saying of Jesus, and he said, &quot;Well, kids are more jolly than adults.&quot; God created the world good. It is beautiful, from the expansive sunsets to butterfly wings. The Bible tells us that God made this good world for our use and dominion. Good stewardship, then, ought to involve enjoyment of the earth and enjoyment of one another as God&#39;s creations.</span> As we play, or recreate, we participate in the re-creation of the earth, preparing ourselves and it for the return of its Maker.</span></p>