“Taking Care of God’s World”

“Taking Care of God’s World”

Woodlawn Baptist Church

June 15, 2011

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. ~Genesis 2:15. Although many people believe that this world belongs to them and only them, the truth of the matter is, this world has and always will belong to God. It is our responsibility to take care of and rule over it while we are here on our journey.

Genesis 1:26-29 (NIV)

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

Genesis 2:7-9; 15 (NIV)

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Something to think about: God’s love for us is beyond imaginable. Take pride in the land that God created for us to enjoy. We are all guilty, including me, of mistreating the earth. Take a moment and think the next time you decide to toss trash out the window while you’re driving. No one loves a dirty home. Make an extra effort to keep this world looking beautiful, as God intended.

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