In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). In other words, God created everything that is. Thus we confess in the Apostles’ Creed: I believe in God the Father Almighty maker of heaven and earth. God is the Creator and Source of all that there is. Your life, my life, all you have, and all I have are His by divine right. We are His creatures; life and existence is His good gift.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:26-27). God gave humanity a special place in His creation. He made us just a little lower than Himself (see Psalm 8:5ff). He gave us authority over the rest of His creation to order and shape it, that the earth might be full of life according to God’s will. He gave us bodies, souls, eyes, ears, all our members, our reason, and all our senses to serve as stewards of His creation. God created Adam and Eve with original righteousness; they trusted God’s Word and received all they had and were from the Word; and they reigned over creation ordering all things according to God’s will.
You and I are stewards of God. God has entrusted us with His good gifts and given us authority to act in His name to care for all creation: rocks, rivers, plants, animals, etc. and most certainly other human beings. God has given some things in common to all people (body, soul, reason, and senses etc.) and yet other gifts or certain aspects of the former He gives to particular people according to particular vocations or callings. The office of husband is a particular vocation and God gives particular gifts and particular authority to this calling, likewise the office of wife, father, mother, child, brother, sister, friend, king, governor, judge, citizen, business owner, laborer, pastor, and congregation member.
Who has God called you to serve? Who are your neighbors? What blessings and benefits has God given you? What authority has God given you? What responsibilities and duties has God given you? On this blog and at Bethel Lutheran Church, according to the office of pastor that Christ has given me, I will teach you what God’s Word has to say in answer to these questions and encourage you to be a faithful steward of God according to every vocation God has given you.
The devil, original sin in you and in the world, and death are all foreign invaders to God’s good creation. These enemies of God despise His gifts, are in constant rebellion to His will, and produce all sorts of unfaithfulness in us. This is why we and all creation need Christ Jesus.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 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. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross (Colossians 1:15-20).