After creating Adam and Eve, God made humankind stewards of Creation. He placed all living things under the dominion and care of human beings.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”Genesis 1:28 ESV
This stewardship involves caring for God’s Creation. I was reminded this weekend of that responsibility when we had to put our dog Jackson to sleep. During the twelve years we had our Shepherd/Husky we were responsible for his care. His well being was in our hands. Our family took that responsibility seriously, regarding it as a stewardship of one of God’s created beings. That responsibility not only applied to how Jackson lived, but also to the last days of his life. We cared for him as ones who would give an account to the Lord for how we treated His Creation.
Like pets, God grants His Creation to be enjoyed and cared for by human beings. We have dominion over every living thing. That dominion involves responsibility. We are caretakers of Creation. As caretakers, we are not to abuse God’s Creation, but to protect it. We should not waste or damage what He has created. We are to be good stewards.
Are you enjoying God’s beautiful Creation over which He’s given us dominion? Do you take time to step out into nature and enjoy its beauty? Do you wonder at God’s creativity in His Creation?
Are you a responsible steward of what God has created? Do you seek to care well for His Creation?
Creation is meant to be enjoyed and cared for. I pray we will do both today.
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Tim is the Director of the Global Center for Youth Ministry and Associate Professor for Youth Ministry & Missions at Anderson University. He is lead pastor/planter of Mosaic Church of Anderson. Tim is also the author of Engaging Generation Z (Kregel Academic), No Better Gospel (Seeds Publishing Group), and the author and editor of Navigating Student Ministry (B&H Academic). His comments do not reflect the views of his employers and are his own personal views on various subjects.