Besides all of the great healing benefits of protecting our world and building a deep connection with nature, there is a higher purpose for taking care of our earth: we are stewards for whatever God has given us. Let’s go deep (and spiritual) on this wonderful Sunday morning…
“The world and all that is in it belong to the Lord. The earth and all who live on it are His.”
NEWS FLASH: We never really own anything during our short stay on earth. God simply allows us to borrow the earth while we are here. It was God’s property before we were here and it is His long after we are gone. We just get the blessing of enjoying the earth for a short time. As Mr. Warren so eloquently writes:
“The first job God gave humans was to manage and take care of God’s stuff on earth. This role has never been rescinded. It is a part of our purpose today. Everything we enjoy is to be treated as a trust that God has placed in our hands. The Bible says, “What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why boast as though you have accomplished something on your own?””
Think of a time when you’ve borrowed something special from a friend and the extra attention you paid to take care of it because you knew it wasn’t yours. If we accept the fact that everything really isn’t ours all through our life, we might take extra special care of the earth and all the things God has given us. And the more blessings God has given us, the more responsible He expect us to be with those blessings.
BONUS: At the end of our lives, God will evaluate every single thing we did and how well we handled the things He entrusted to us. We will be accountable to Him for every decision we make, for both the major and even the smallest (and what we think is insignificant) things!
“Those who are trusted with something valuable must show they are worthy of that trust.”