God created the different species of plants and animals. God created the different species of birds, insects and fishes. “This is what the LORD says‑your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him”. After creating all of them, God made humankind be the caretakers. Humans are responsible for creation as caretakers.
According to Genesis 1:28, God made humans as the ruler of the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky and every creature that crawls on the earth.
“God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” HCSB
God’s purpose in giving us his image is that we might rule the created order on behalf of the heavenly king and his royal court. So the divine image, however, it is defined, gives us the capacity and/or authority to rule over creation.
Furthermore, In Genesis 2:15-17 God commands that human to work it and watch over the garden of Eden. He even commanded them to eat from any tree of the garden, but except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
“The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.” HCSB
In reality, as Christians, we are not being accountable to watch over God’s creations and this earth. We think that this world is not our home and we are just living here for awhile. Furthermore, Joyfully we sing the song, “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through.” Which makes us think that we are not caretakers of this earth. It is creation mandate for us to be a caretaker of God’s creation. This responsibility is given to every individual to be the caretakers of God’s marvelous creation.
In summary, I am made to be God’s caretaker of His creation. God made me for caring responsibility:
- I am made to help God in his ruling of creation
- I am made to care for His earth
Let us be the caretakers of this earth. God bless you.
(Photos by Robert J Agustin)