Saturday, on the Lord’s holy day of rest I was given the opportunity to speak for the first time at our men’s ministry breakfast. I chose to present and start on the first session from the Jesus-Centered Small Group Bible Study that covered ‘Jesus the Creator’. To reflect on Jesus being more than our Savor but also the co-Creator of the universe.
What we explored was Adam’s first responsibility to tend and watch over God’s creation in the Garden of Eden. He was to rule over all living things in the image of God, and he did this with a helper that was equally important. What a responsible this was and still is. To watch over and care for all God’s creation from the depths of the earth to all living creatures, and to do this as God would prefer in a manner that was kind, loving, and compassionate.
Then, we made the connection that Jesus was also there with Adam and Eve. Walking and talking, in relationship with man and woman.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
What troubled me later on after the message was not so much how I did, being my first time, but the involvement and concern for our responsibility to reign over His creation. One person suggested that God already knows how the world will end up so it doesn’t really matter what we do, that it will all work out in the end. That faith in God without any good deeds of caring for His creation is not faith at all. From my last blog, we talked about how faith without good deeds is dead.
Have we forgotten our responsibilities? Have we taken God’s creation for granted? Are we not at awe anymore or is it about wanting more?
These may be concerns but they are also reminders that we are to be good stewards, which means to care for and look after someone else’s goods. The light of men and women shines and continues to shine bright in our good deeds as we care for and watch over Jesus’ creation. Let’s make it our responsibility again, and look after and tend to this magnificent and wonderful creation.