June 3, 2018

God Created It All

When we think about stewardship, we often think in terms of how we manage God’s resources. And this is certainly an appropriate stewardship mindset. But stewardship doesn’t begin with us – it begins with God. God is the one who created the universe and who put us in place to manage his creation, including the resources he has provided. So we’ll begin this multi-part column on The Steward’s Mindset with an affirmation of what Scripture teaches us about God as our Creator.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” — Genesis 1:1
Genesis 1 tells us the story of creation, how God created the universe and specifically the earth and all life on earth. The story climaxes with his creation of man and woman:
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Paul tells us specifically that Jesus was involved in creating all things: “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” — Colossians 1:16.

Because God created us, he has the right to define the roles for which he designed us. He began this with Adam and Eve: “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. ” — Genesis 1:28. God put Adam and Eve in charge of all the animals and gave them the garden to watch over. As part of this dominion, God gave Adam the task of naming the animals (Genesis 2:19-20).

Acknowledging God as our Creator and as the Creator of all things is the beginning of our concept of stewardship. All other developments in the mindset of a steward spring from this one truth. This is why it’s important to start our understanding of stewardship with recognition of God as our Creator; if he had not created us, what would be the source of his authority?

So we begin at the beginning, with God as Creator. Scripture goes on to affirm that Jesus “sustains all things by his powerful word.” (Hebrews 1:3). We owe God every breath we take. This is where stewardship begins.