When we read the creation account in Genesis 1–2, we tend to focus on what it teaches us about God and humanity. And we should. Those are critical doctrines to the grand narrative of Scripture that follows this account as well as to our daily living. However, we cannot miss what this passage teaches us about creation itself. How should Christians view and treat the earth?
While God’s creation is certainly majestic and reveals much about the Creator (Ps. 19:1-6; Rom. 1:20), we know that we are not to worship creation itself (Rom. 1:21-25). But neither should we go to the other extreme and treat creation callously. Notice the emphasis God places on our role as His stewards over His creation in these verses:
- God created humanity to rule over the creatures (Gen. 1:26,28).
- God created humanity to fill and subdue the earth (v. 28).
- God created the plants and trees to be a source of food for humanity and all the creatures (vv. 29-30).
What God says matters, and so does how often He says it. It is clear from these verses in Genesis that God expects us to take ruling over His creation seriously. We are to be faithful stewards who value His creation and take care of it. And in doing so, we bear well the image of the One who created it all, who is sovereign over it all, and who one day will send Jesus to renew and restore it all.
What are some ways you can better care for God’s creation?
“The more we understand how the gospel redeems our work, the more we understand that our talents and gifts are not ours to keep, but to give away. They are not meant to be used for our own selfish gain, but for the glory of God and the good of others.” –Bethany L. Jenkins