God the Driving Force
One of the ways that we define God is creator of heaven and earth. As Christians, we are compelled to see God as creator. Whether we are strict creationists, evolutionists, Big Bang theorists, or any number of other “ists.” As Christians, we must acknowledge that however the universe was created, God was the driving force.
Through creation, God has provided for all of our needs. A close relationship with God is enhanced by our acceptance of God’s gracious gift of all creation. We are called to respond to this gift by being good stewards of all that we have been given. Through our efforts to discover and conserve the world that God has given us, we discover more ways to worship God, more things for which we should be thankful.
—Ms. Carol Morris Ramsay
- What is your personal theory of creation? Can you imagine how Christians with other theories might see God at center stage in their beliefs?
- Are there things in nature that amaze you? Share one of these with a friend.
- How do you show appreciation to God for all that you have been given through creation?
- What can you do to enhance your appreciation for God’s gracious gift of creation?
How Do I Act?
- Take a small child for a walk. Chances are that s/he will show you many details that you have not seen in a long time. Spend time pointing out the things that you appreciate in nature. Help that young person get a head start on understanding what a special gift we have been given in the world.
- Go online and check out articles on non-toxic alternatives to household products. These alternatives are usually less expensive and work as well or better. Therefore, we are able to be good stewards of our time, finances, and the earth.
- If your church is not already recycling, start a program. Perhaps, aluminum cans could be collected and cashed in for plants to beautify the exterior and interior of the building. It only takes one person who is willing to make a receptacle and carry away the recycled material each week. Of course, the program works better if several people are involved.
- Plan a worship service highlighting the earth and all that we receive from it. Try to involve all the age groups within the church. You will find that each has a unique perspective on this issue. Some congregations already have a service of this sort during harvest time. By adding the perspective of all the age groups, you should be able to bring this issue to life for all who attend.