Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Stewards of God’s Creation
(World Environment Day)
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time” (V.22)
Stewardship is an important part of Christian life that is too easily forgotten. In this passage we can see how God has called all of us to be His stewards of creation. What does this mean? We live in a life where we are responsible for many things. We are responsible for taking care of our work responsibilities, our children, parents, significant others, friends; the list goes on and on. Yet what is our role in God’s creation?
The initial “creation” was perfect; every step of the way God saw that it was good. However, due to man’s incapability to be content and rely on God, the creation was subjected to an imperfect state. This confirms that idea that stewardship has been misunderstood from the very beginning of time. God created us all to promote growth and spiritual wholeness, but that is not the world that we live in today. Our lives often promote destruction and spiritual abandonment. In v. 21, it states that even creation is longing for liberation from bondage and decay, as if the creation is fed up with the created.
Apostle Paul is reminding us, the created, of what our role in this life is. We are called to be stewards of God’s creation! We are called to promote, represent, and BE what God intended from the beginning. Instead, we are stewards of our own creation and will. A steward is responsible and entrusted to make sure things are done in the right way. He/she is responsible for leading, guiding, and setting good examples for others to see. We must remind ourselves that we are stewards of God’s creation and not our own.
All is not lost! Despite all the “badness” in this world, we the first fruits of the Spirit are called to spread hope. In order for us to accomplish this we must be sure that we are living in that hope! We must understand and believe that through Christ’s life, we have been blessed with salvation through grace allowing us to live in hope. Next, we must understand and realize that this hope is not for us alone. For salvation, through Christ’s grace, is a costly gift that all mankind is undeservingly offered. We, the first fruits, are its stewards. The passage reminds us that we must wait patiently, but many times we as Christians confuse this with waiting idly. We have been entrusted with the Spirit because God relies on us to pass this hope with those we come into contact with. Are we living as true first fruits of the spirit? Do we really have a hope that is rooted in Christ? What kind of stewards are we?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to live my life with the hope you have given me through grace. Remind me daily that this hope, grace, and love was given to me so that I can share it with others. Help me to be a steward of your creation instead of my own. Amen.
Thought for the day: “We are God’s stewards in this world to bring the wise, healing, restorative divine justice to the whole created order.”
Gracious John, St. Andrews MTC, New York