Today, we come to the end of this journey that’s lasted nearly four months. Today, we ask Why? What’s it all for?
Because there’s a larger, deeper consequence of this choice we’ve only hinted at throughout these two series. In the story in Genesis 2-3, after humanity chooses Pride, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, there’s a consequence we often overlook:
The ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. — Genesis 3:17 (NLT)
According to Genesis 3, the whole world is affected by our sins. That actually makes sense within the story, because before we chose, God put the world in our care. As we saw last week, the first job God gave humanity was caring for the world:
The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. — Genesis 2:15 (NLT)
When God created us in his image, God gave us real responsibility.
The Tree we choose to cultivate matters – we’ll grow Deadly Sins or Spiritual Fruit. And our choices have real consequences.
Last week, we talked about what cultivating Fruit rather than Sin looks like in our own lives. This week, we see that we need to be a people who cultivates Fruit not just for ourselves, but for the whole world.