I was honored to be asked to write one of the devotionals for our Creation Care emphasis at WBU this week. I thought I’d share what I wrote.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
“I should take better care of my things.”
Those words, as they came out of my daughter’s mouth were eerily reminiscent of my own childhood mistakes. She had destroyed another pair of earbuds and took full responsibility for their neglect. As for myself, it was me leaving a toy outside to be chewed up my beloved beagle. Later, it was neglecting to put my allowance in a safe place only to be lost amidst the clutter of my room. Even later on, it was carelessly neglecting to properly maintain my own car, wearing down tires without rotating them and waiting far too long to change the oil. In each and every case, when we neglect our gifts, we end up losing them prematurely.
Taking care of your things honors the provider even more than the provision itself.
I know for a fact that I did not realize this as a kid, but there is far more at stake than the privilege of USING those gifts. Sure, we lose them and are less likely to be entrusted with them again, but more importantly, the gift itself bears the mark of the giver. When we disrespect our gifts, we are disrespecting the one who gave.
Creation care is worship in action.
The motivation for tending and keeping the creation is not simply to preserve it for future generations or even to satisfy a moral obligation to the creation itself but to honor the God who created it and gave us the responsibility for it. Just like we can easily get swept up in the music in a worship service and focus on the song or the band losing sight of the object of our worship, we should avoid creation care as worship OF God’s creation. Instead, it is an effort to honor our God who created this world as our temporary home.
Make the little changes to acknowledge God’s provision.
Already this week, Dr. Kasner has shared in these devotionals how little efforts are multiplied when we all work together. Taking the extra few steps to drop your refuse in the recycling bin, turning off the tap water while you brush your teeth, turning off the light when you leave a room, all reduce your impact on the environment and reduce wastefulness of the resources God has blessed us with. This week, I’m trying to remember that I’m not doing it for the creation, I am “working as for the Lord.”
Let me also encourage you this week to see your creation care efforts as a holy act of worship of the Creator, Himself. If you will, say a prayer of thanksgiving when you make these little changes.
God bless you in your efforts this week.