My Brother’s Earth

Psalm 8:4-6 (NIV)
what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet.
To respect God’s majesty, we must compare ourselves to his greatness. When we look at creation, we often feel small by comparison. To feel small is a healthy way to get back to reality, but God does not want us to dwell on our smallness. Humility means proper respect for God, not self-depreciation.

When we look at the vast expanse of creation, we wonder how God could be concerned for people who constantly disappoint him. Yet God created us only a little lower than himself or the angels. The next time you question your worth as a person, remember that God considers you highly valuable. We have great worth because we bear the stamp of the Creator. In Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV) we can see the worth God places on all people: Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Because God has already declared how valuable we are to him, we can be set free from feelings of worthlessness.

God gave human beings tremendous authority to be in charge of the whole earth. But with great authority comes great responsibility. By polluting our environment, we are poisoning our own food and drink. Thus, we sin not only against the environment, but against ourselves. We sin against the persons who would live in it and against the God who made it both as a revelation of  himself and for our good. Even if we destroy ourselves from polluting the environment, the environment will remain in one form or another. We were made to be the keepers of the earth, and if do not keep the earth, then the earth will not keep us. Norman Geisler says:

The question we should ask ourselves today is: Am I my earth’s keeper? If I am not the earth’s keeper, then it is becoming increasingly evident that neither am I my brother’s keeper. This is my brother’s earth, and if I do not keep it, then it will keep neither him nor me.[1]

2) Prayer for our Pastors and Church Leaders

Lord, we take you at your promise that you have provided everything they (pastors, leaders) need to live a godly and holy life. Through your strength, they can do anything. (2 Peter 1:3, Philippians 4:13)

[1] Geisler, Norman L., Christian Ethics: Options and Issues, Baker Academic, Michigan, 1989

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