Then God said, “Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth.” (Gen 1:26 CEB)
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold; it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day. (Gen 1:31 ESV)
When I was a child, I would play with my toys, and after I was finished would put them back into there original boxes and store them away. My friends, on the other hand, had toys that were busted, wheels missing and just thrown around. In my teenage years, I had toys to give away, miniature cars, and trucks, Lego and Meccano—all immaculate and in their original boxes. I didn’t keep them that way out of fear of my parents; I just valued what I had.
Today, we have too many Christians that treat the Earth like my friends treated their toys. Somehow they believe that God is going to take them away and give them a new heaven and new earth to play with after they have wrecked the old one. ‘But I didn’t damage the earth,’ I hear you say. True, but did you do anything to stop others, those big multi-national corporations and governments that polluted the waters pumped poisonous gases into the air, and poured toxic waste on the earth?
God loves the earth. Like a baby birthed from the womb, words of blessing were spoken over it, and the Spirit brooded like a mother, and then they gave it to us to look after and care for, we failed miserably. But all is not lost, we can still do our bit to turn the tide. Do it because you value and appreciate what God has given you, do it for the earth’s sake.