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You might notice that I have titled this entry, “Stewards”. I was also surprised in the timeliness of this quiet time, which again proves how eternal God’s Word is. So as not to pre-empt the twist and turns of this entry…I will now proceed to my sharing.

The story of creation is not only a reminder how God created us. It is also a strong remembrance of God’s mandate to His creation from the smallest of the fishes up to the creatures made in His own image – us. After God created everything He blessed His creation with these words, “Be fruitful, and multiply…” (Genesis 1:22). Now what I got from this is that the Lord intended for His creation not only to bear fruits but also to multiply. Bear with me on this and don’t say, “Duh!” yet. J

Isn’t it comforting to realize that when the Lord created all of the earth, He didn’t just intend all of it to reproduce but he wanted and designed it to multiply? God wanted His creation to “take care” of itself in abundance. He blessed the earth with abundance so that anyone or anything of His creation will have unlimited supply of resources! Wait…it gets better.

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them.”

Genesis 1:26-27

Now we enter the scene. I just wanted to highlight our design and identityour position in God’s creation. You and I were made after God’s image – in His likeness! This should explain why among all of God’s creation, we have constantly improved from generation to generation. An animal 20 years ago – its potentials, its habits, its life – has the same characteristics as an animal now in 2009 same with the other creatures. But an ordinary man, 20 years ago does not have the same potential, knowledge, habits and characteristics as we have now. God have designed us to be superior among all of creation. And He has designed us that way with a purpose:

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

Genesis 1:28-31

I firmly believe that everything has a reason and a purpose. God blessed us with abilities beyond our own understanding for a divine purpose. What is that purpose then? From my limited, human understanding – here is my insight from God’s Word:

  1. Be fruitful – You and I are designed to “bear fruits”, to produce something. Our existence is not pointless. Whatever abilities and talents you may have now were given so that you can make use of them in doing something. Whether you are a college student, an accountant, a lawyer, a researcher, a doctor, an undergrad worker, a factory worker, an OFW…from a month-old to a hundred…we were designed to produce something. We are not meant to be idle, to just go with the flow. You and I were created to bear fruits.

  1. Multiply – Like all other creation, our reproduction in the physical and symbolic sense is not limited to a one-time thing. Our design is to multiply. Your minimum wage salary is not designed to be minimum-wage throughout your life. Your small business is not designed to be small forever. Your skills today are not designed to be in the same, stagnant state after a few months. God gave us the abilities and resources we need so that we will improve our state…constantly.

Now, if all of creation is designed to be abundant such that it is unlimited to all who occupy it…then why do we experience shortage in our resources. Let’s visit the following commands of God.

  1. Replenish the earth – “to replenish” would literally mean… to refill, stock up, reload…the exact opposite would mean to reduce, exhaust, use up, drain, run down. I think you already know where I am leading. Wait…there’s more.
  2. Subdue the earth – “subdue” would mean to have control or to overpower right?
  3. Have dominion over the earth – “to dominate” would be to have complete authority and governance…hmmm?

If you think that this entry is about taking care of the environment and all…well, you are right. But my take is both on the abstract or intangible resources (such as talents, skills, and blessings) and on the physical or natural resources that we are blessed with. J (I might discuss the abstract side on another entry so as not to remove the stress on the two aspects.)

On the physical side, it would be an understatement to say that we have failed as stewards of God’s creation. Remember that God has mandated all of His creation including us to reproduce and to multiply. That is the original design of all creation. Meaning, for as long as it lives…a tree will always bear fruit to be another tree, a fish will continue to lay thousands of eggs, the atmosphere will continue to protect us from the sun’s rays. However, man – who was created in God’s own image, blessed with wisdom, understanding and abilities superior to everything has neglected his assignment of being responsible over the earth.

We have just celebrated Earth Day and I am so glad that people are now taking real steps towards the protection of our planet. I know that we need real action and not just another preachy article but maybe we ought to look deep inside if we have exerted efforts in being responsible over the earth. All of the calamities that we are experiencing cannot be only blamed to illegal loggers or to industrial companies. It is so easy to be a pollutant and we may be ignorant or unconscious pollutants ourselves.

It always helps to re-examine ourselves every time to check if we are doing the right things. Ignorance should never be an excuse anymore…with the information available everywhere, we should be more proactive in finding solutions and improvements in our everyday living. More importantly, we should take into heart our role as God’s stewards. The thing with stewardship is that the smallest things we do count. Even the simplest decision of pocketing your empty candy wrapper instead of throwing it on the road is as important as supporting the Greenpeace foundation. Go ahead and take a stand.