How have You Changed the Earth?
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Recently, I was sitting in class when a thought dawned on me: “We were created to be stewards of this earth.” This is a thought that has come before and it is a thought that has similarly been dismissed. The thing that stuck me this time is that we have spent a lot of time talking about being stewards, but we may not actually be stewards.
In Genesis 1:28, God said to mankind, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” While I can see how “ruling” over the earth sounds fun, tough, and manly, I believe the text is indicating that we are to “guard” the earth. Put in that light, it seems very easy to rule out our guardianship, because we have been destroyers instead.
Please don’t mistake me – I’m not a lobbyist for green peace. But, I do have a question that I think every Christian should answer. How have you changed the earth? For that matter, how have you attempted to guard it lately? We are called to partner with God in His creative power, adding life not death to this world. I challenge you to consider how you can participate in this partnership with God. He has created you to guard the earth!