Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor
In Genesis 2:15 we find this: “The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to care for it and to maintain it.” Many of us have understood this as our mandate as people to care for this world in which we find ourselves and which we believe God has given to us. With this in mind, let’s think about the following big ideas which seem to naturally and logically follow—especially for anyone who believes God has called them to partner with him to not only care for creation, but to work towards the ultimate restoration and renewal of all things Matthew 19:28; Acts 3:19-21; 2 Peter 3:13):
We, as the human inhabitants of earth, have a symbiotic relationship with our planet. If we care for it, it cares for us. If we neglect and abuse it, it cannot sustain us as it was designed to do.
We are by design and the intention of our Creator, the caretakers of the earth. As Children of God, we are responsible to respond to every area where creation is groaning, whether in nature or in humanity.
We must learn to live in ways that promote the well-being of all creation, taking no more than we need, enjoying and celebrating God’s good Earth—this bountiful, beautiful place he has given us which we call home.