Sept. 26, 2016

Genesis 2:4-10, 15

God’s “app” for this week is stewardship. Genesis 2 reminds us of the role God had in mind for mankind when he created this world. God wants us to see ourselves as STEWARDS rather than OWNERS. The psalmist understood this principle: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1).

After God created this magnificent earth, he placed Adam & Eve in the Garden to care for it. It wasn’t “Adam’s garden,” it was God’s. Adam and Eve were to be stewards (caretakers).

A steward manages someone else’s property. Imagine the responsibility. A faithful steward would take care of the owner’s property even BETTER than if it were his own.

The world says we are “owners” with “rights.” The more you own, the more successful you are. But God wants us to think in terms of being “stewards” with “responsibilities.” In 1 Corinthians 4:2, the Apostle Paul writes, “Moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.”

As you begin this week, remember God not only created the garden, he owns it. He placed us in charge of caring for his garden (this earth) and gave us resources to use while doing so. Seek to be a faithful and trustworthy steward. Talk with the Lord about any issues you may have in this area.