The Gospel of John is the only book in the New Testament to open with the phrase "In the beginning," just as the book of Genesis is the only book in the Old Testament to begin with this phrase. This is not by accident. While the book of Genesis opens with this phrase to introduce the beginning of God's physical creation of the universe, the Gospel of John opens with this phrase to introduce God's spiritual re-creation of a fallen mankind.
I do not believe that this parallel was by accident. I believe that John the apostle, the author of this Gospel, knew exactly what he was trying to say. God was able to create the physical universe ex nihilo without us. He created our physical bodies because He wanted to. In the same way, God was able to re-create fallen mankind's spiritual state without our help. He did the work by sending His Son. All that is required of us is to accept Him and to let Him re-create us.
Re-creating us means allowing God to move around the priorities in our lives. This may mean that we have to give up some of the things that we used to hold dear. It may mean doing something that we did not want to do. It may mean refraining from doing something that we wanted to do. Whatever the case may be, God has something better in store than the things we give up. It is up to us to accept it.