How can I take care of the natural resources God has given us on this Earth? What is my biblical requirement to care for the environment in which I live?
We should be the best stewards, not only of our resources and talents, but also of the earth. It’s God’s spectacular and bountiful creation! Genesis 2:15 says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Adam was given a stewardship responsibility in the garden before the Fall of Creation. Man was placed here to work and manage the beautiful world God created. Environmental stewardship is caring for the natural resources around us.
God called his creation good – multiple times. Seeing our planet as a beautifully created gift from God, we should be motivated to care for it, protect it, and use its resources wisely. But our worship must be directed to the Giver, not the gift. It is our privilege to manage it wisely and give glory to God in the use of all He has provided us. We must protect it for those coming after us and think about our stewardship eternally.
Crown also helps people in rural communities practice environmental stewardship by supporting their farming education. By teaching them how to farm God’s way, they are able to reap bountiful harvests and provide for their families. You can learn more about this initiative and support these trainings here through our I Was Hungry program.
To practice environmental stewardship, you can start small, incorporating good practices into your daily routine. Do things like recycle, shred paper and use it in the garden, try to compost, and avoid products packaged with excess paper or plastic. This page will help you discover more ways you can steward the Earth for the Lord.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”