Stewardship of the earth and our heart
JOHN SHIRK – When the man and woman was created in the garden of Eden, the LORD blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number. Fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
The LORD has called humans to take care of His creation. We are meant to be wise managers of the environment that we live in. In a recent Probe feature, Patrick Zukerin noted in an article that “we are not to exploit the earth, nor are we to worship the earth.” We have been entrusted with the responsibility of exercising care and guardianship over what God has created.
He noted sound ecological principles like recycling, using cleaner energy sources, and the conservation of energy. That is not the only place where God wants us to fight against pollution. He also wants us to guard our heart and keep it clean. The most effective way for this to happen is to call on the name of Jesus for forgiveness of past sins, and a willing heart to live a pure life today. The righteousness of Christ is able to purify a polluted heart and restore our fallen nature to God.
That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.