What does it mean to be a steward of creation? As children of the loving God, this was the first job He gave us and it was perfectly designed. “And God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1: 28). I always skimmed over this verse, reading it in such a way that suggested that God gave us the earth to use as we currently do, and that it was OK to exploit God’s earth for our convenience and gain. I read it so that it suggested that the earth was simply God’s gift to humans because He loves us. And although we are His children and He does love us, creation belongs to God and was entrusted to us to be loved and cared for.
God created creation before humans, for Himself, and it was Good! God loves His creation as He loves His people. As the sons and daughters to His throne, it is our honor to care for the earth and all her animals. Creation is not our entitlement but our responsibility.
As creation is designed to reveal the majesty of God, the current condition of God’s earth reveals that we have abandoned our role as stewards. We are polluting oceans, changing climate, spilling oil, creating dead rivers and bays, cutting down forests, and overflowing landfills.
We attempt to capture the wonders of the hands of God through a glass screen, but we have forgotten to walk barefoot on holy ground. We have removed ourselves from the garden, forgetting that we are all codependent. Where we once held handfuls of fresh harvest, we now un-crinkle plastic wrappings revealing nutrient-stripped “foods” and the meat of animals who endured the horrors of factory farms. Our actions leave trails of disease and destruction upon God’s earth.
As Christians, it is our responsibility to be aware of how our actions affect God’s creation and it is our honor to make the changes in our lives that reclaim our role as stewards of creation. I invite you to journey through these pages to find tasty recipes and fun DIYs to live as God originally called us to do!