In reading the Genesis account of creation we see that man was given the privilege of naming all the animals (Gen 2:19,20) and was placed in a garden with the responsibility to “work it and watch over it” (Gen 2:15). Man was commanded to: “be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground”. (Gen 1:28)
As men we have a responsibility to lead. We are given the responsibility to take care of God’s creation and actually “subdue” it, to rule over all the living creatures of the earth.
In 1 Peter 2:9 as Christ followers we are called “royal priests” and a “holy nation”.
When I look at these passages I am moved to ask if I truly realize the role I play in God’s creation and the immensity of the responsibility and task. I can only say that I will fulfill this role with God’s help.
I also realize that like a wealthy dad and mom who gives over an inheritance, something grand and immense to the children they love, God has given us this wonderful world to care for and enjoy. This is an amazing act of love.
The Amazon jungle, Mt. Everest, plains of Africa, the Grand Canyon, the eagle to the penguin, lion to the squirrel, yes and even the mosquito! All are made for us to rule over and care for.
What a gift and also what a responsibility we have to steward all that God has given us. Yes and even our fellow brothers and sisters are our “responsibility” to some degree as they are also part of this grand creation.
However this hits you I hope that you enjoy the gift and take on some aspect of the responsibility for all that God has given to us as mankind, and us as men.