'God in creation'

   Friday Reflection


23rd April 2021

...What is my job?...

1  "In the beginning God created
   the heavens and the earth...
   God saw all that he had made,
   and it was very good."

..... (Genesis 1:1, 31)

When Prince Philip,
the Duke of Edenborough first found himself as
husband to the Queen he asked an advisor,
'What is my job? What am I supposed to do?'
The advisor looked blank and
no-one seemed to have an answer.

So Prince Philip had to
carve out a role for himself.
Which he did in his own inimitable manor;
and along with his deep Christian beliefs
he developed a passion for the created world.

'If nature doesn't survive,
neither will man.
We depend on being part of the web of life,
we depend on every other living thing
on this planet, just as much as they
depend on us,"

he once reflected.

"If we as humans have got this power
of life and death, not just life and death
but extinction and survival,
we ought to exercise it with some sort of
moral sense.
Why make something extinct
if we don't have to?"

He helped found the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
in 1961 and the Australian Conservation Foundation in 1963,
becoming president of the former
between 1981 and 1996 and authoring several books
about the threats faced by many of the
planet's most beautiful creatures,
including 'Wildlife Crisis' in 1970.

Yesterday was Earth Day
and 40 world leaders have been invited by President Biden
to a Leader's virtual Climate Summit
(isn't Zoom, or it's like, wonderful!)
to discuss further reductions in pollution
and the development of clean-energy
industries with Greta Thunberg,
the celebrated Swedish activist,
pressurising the world leaders to act.

The first Earth Day took place on 22nd April 1970
in America and is considered to be the birthday
of the modern environmental protection movement.
It is estimated that around
one billion people worldwide will participate
in this year's activities.

And all this,
according to the first chapter of Genesis,
is a God given task.

26  Then God said,
  "Let us make mankind in our image,
   in our likeness,
   so that they may rule over the fish
   in the sea and the birds in the sky,
   over the livestock and all the wild animals,
   and over all the creatures
   that move along the ground."


In the introduction to Ruth Valerio's book,
'Saying Yes to Life',
the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, wrote:

'Every single one of us has a responsibility
 as part of our discipleship to Jesus Christ
 to live a life that cares for God's world
 and it's creatures. As Psalm 24 reads:

'The earth is the Lord's and everything in it,
 the world and all who live in it;
 for he founded it on the seas and
 established it on the waters.' vv1,2.

Although I am a day late in acknowledging
Earth Day it shouldn't matter,
surely it should not be confined to
just one day but celebrated every day;
our love for God must be reflected in
fulfilling the role he gave to humanity.
God appointed us to bear his image (Gen 1:27)
and entrusted this world to our care (Gen. 2:15).

So caring for God's creation is one of the most
fundamental things we are called to do.

What would happen if the church caught a vision
for creation care?
If we let our attitudes and actions be guided by
Scripture instead of our lifestyles
and political preferences?

What if we really believed
the end of our own story,
that Christ is reconciling the entire
creation to himself and we have been called
to be a part of that?

Let's thank God our Father
who has created this beautiful world we live in
and asking his help in doing our bit
in its care and preservation.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'God Of Creation -
Great Big God'
by Vineyard UK Kids Worship
(with lyrics)'
via the link shown below.