Welcome! This is part one in my eight week children’s devotional series Understanding Who You Are. Feel free to comment your thoughts below and share if you know someone who could use this!
Here are the eight weeks:
- What Are You Made Of?
- How Did God Make You?
- Who Are You?
- Why Did God Make You?
- Why Do We Do Wrong Things?
- Is Sin Part Of God’s Plan?
- How Can You Be Made New?
- What Is Your Purpose?
Before Beginning, read: Genesis chapters 1:1 – 2:3
I’m sure you have heard the creation story many, many times by now. And I’m sure you have questions. I had questions too, for a long time.
God made us, great! But what are we made out of? How did God make us? Who are we? Why did God make us? These are all wonderful questions, and the answers are very important to understand.
In order to be who you are meant to be, you have to know who you are! And what better way to discover who you are than to know how and why you Creator designed you!
Let’s tackle the first question in this chapter, and in the following weeks, we will answer the other three.
What Are You Made Of?
In Genesis chapter one verse three we read, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Do you remember which day God created light? It was on the very first day.
It was not until the fourth day that God created the sun and moon. This means that God created light before the sun and moon existed.
Scientists, through the study of quantum physics, now suspect that everything in the universe, including solid matter, is made up of what is called “quanta.” Do you know what quanta is? Quanta is light energy waves.
Do you know what this means? This means that the chair you are sitting on is made of light energy. The tree outside your window is made of light energy. It means that the farthest galaxies and the largest stars, as well as the smallest amoebas are all made up of light energy.
Let this thought sink into your mind:
The whole universe is made of light energy.
Now lets go back to the Bible.
Remember that on the very first day, God created light. And scientists tell us that the whole universe, at it’s smallest, most basic level, is made up of light energy. Do you know what this means?
This means that it is quite possible that God first created light and then he formed the rest of the universe out of the light he had created.
If you remember back to the story in Genesis, when the story starts, the earth is already formed, and it is surrounded by and covered in water.
Based on our current understanding of physics, it makes sense that on the first day, God created light, and used light to design the basic elements that form our universe.
And then on the second day, he separated the water in the sky to allow room for our atmosphere. On the third day God separated the water on the earth to allow dry land to appear. He also caused plants to grow out of the ground. If the earth itself was made of light, then anything growing out of it was also made of light.
On the fourth day, God designed what we know as physical light out of the light energy he had already created. He created stars. The closest star to us is the sun, and it lights up our whole planet. But this light that the sun gives us is only a shadow of the true light – the light that makes up everything – the spiritual light that comes from God.
On the fifth day, God designed fish and birds out of the light energy that made up the water and sky. On the sixth day, God created the animals “Out of the earth.” Since the earth was made of light, so were the animals.
And then, last of all, he designed human beings “from the dust of the ground.” Remember, on the first day, God made the earth out of light.
So what did God make you out of?
That’s right, he made you out of light.
But Wait! There’s More!
Genesis 1:27 [NLT] says, “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Do you know what it means to be “created in the image of God?”
It means that you look like him.
An “image” is a visual representation of something. So for example, when you look in the mirror, you see your reflection. Your reflection looks just like you. It is your image.
You are a reflection of God. You are his image. You look just like him. If God looked in the mirror, he would see you. He would see me. He would see each one of us, like pieces of a grand and glorious puzzle fitting together to show a complex and beautiful picture of himself.
1 John 1:5 says “God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all.”
We are God’s image. God is light, so we are made of light.
We just read in 1 John that “there is no darkness in [God] at all.”
In Genesis 1 we read, “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”
God separated light from darkness before he created anything else. He said the light was good, but he did not say that the darkness was good. He did not use darkness in his creation of the world. Why? Because we are his image, and he has no darkness at all in him!
Psalm 19:1 says “The heavens declare the glory of God.” This means that his creation shows his glory!
Do you know what the glory of God is?
Isaiah 6:3 [NIV] tells us. It says, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
God’s glory is the brilliant, holy light that surrounds him, and yet it is all around us, everywhere, in this physical world! It is not a physical light like the light of the sun. It is a higher-dimensional, or spiritual light. It shines millions of times brighter and more intense than the sun. It is immaterial. It is love and purity and goodness – holiness! It is the energy that this universe originated from.
Quantum physics explains that the physical world originated from and is controlled by the energetic or spiritual world. In other words, our physical world is created out of spiritual energy. Some quantum physicists have even given a name to this spiritual energy: Love. We’ll talk more about this in the future.
And this spiritual light of God’s love is what the whole universe is made of.
It is what you are made of.
God created the universe, and God created you, out of his own light. He created the universe, and he created you, out of the glory that shines around him.
Isaiah 43:7 says that we were created “for God’s glory.” This doesn’t just mean that you were designed to bring honor to him. It means that you were literally designed out of his glorious light – that is who and what you are.
You are made of the love and purity and goodness of God. You are formed from the holiness of God. You are designed out of his brilliant glory.
You are the reflection of God. You are light because he is light, and he created you out of his light. You are made for his glory because he is glorious, and he formed you out of that glory!
1. Go into a dark room and turn on the light. What happens to the darkness when you turn the light on? Answer these questions:
- Which is stronger, the light or the darkness?
- Can the darkness and light mix together? Or can they only exist separately?
- Where does the darkness go when the light comes on?
- Use this activity to help you imagine what it looked like when God said “let there be light,” and then separated the light from the darkness.
2. Discussion question:
Science tells us that darkness is not a “thing” that can be measured. Darkness is simply the absence of light. This is why when a light is turned on, darkness simply vanishes. If we are made of light, yet have darkness in our hearts, or are capable of doing “dark” deeds, what does this say about us?
[Answer: darkness is emptiness, so a dark heart is one that is empty of its source or has forgotten who he/she is.]
3. How many ways can you shine your light this week? Here are a few ideas:
- Befriend a lonely person
- Write someone a letter
- Say a kind word to a stranger
- Offer help to someone who needs it
- Give a gentle response when a sibling or friend tries to start an argument
- Share a treat or favorite toy with a sibling or friend
- Pray for someone who is sick or sad
- Take care of someone who is hurting
- Think loving thoughts about yourself and others
4. Record your experiences. Did you learn anything about how you reflect God’s light? How did you shine your light this week? How did others respond to you? What difference were you able to make in your world? How does it feel to be your truest self by shining light? Write it down, draw a picture of it, or record yourself talking about it.
- Genesis 1: 3,4 [NIV]: “3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”
- Genesis 1: 27 [NLT]: “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
- 1 John 1:5b [NLT]: “God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.”
- Isaiah 6:3b [NIV]: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”