Today is Earth Day. I well remember the original Earth Day held on April 22, 1970! Wearing my tie-dyed shirt, bell-bottom jeans with big, bright flowers embroidered on each leg, I could match the passion and zeal of any true (and much older) flower-child as I helped my fifth grade class clean up around our school and nearby neighborhoods. We were taking care of our earth. We were raising awareness of its delicate environmental balance that we all needed to respect in order to keep our earth beautiful and healthy for us and for generations yet to come. We were on a mission! And, oh-so-many years later, we realize that we didn’t keep our focus, our passion or our purpose to care for our earth. We didn’t complete the work.
God’s behavior throughout the biblical account of creation challenges me to really look around and appreciate this magnificent earth – this precious gift – God gave us to care for, even as it supplies every need we have for the sustenance of our lives. God took time to look at, enjoy and assess His completed work in creation.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. – Genesis 1:31-2:1
God saw all the vast array of the heavens and the earth He had made. His work in creation was completed. It was beautiful. Wonderful. God saw the tangible evidence produced by His spoken Word and Spirit throughout His creation. And God proclaimed the completion of all that He had done as very good.
God, by His passionate and sacrificial love for us and by His Word and Spirit given to us, will also see the good work He began in us brought to its full completion. And, as we enter fully into the eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, that completed work in us will also be very good!
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6
While we’re still on this side of heaven, our God calls us to be aware of and take care of our earth – the very good place our God created for us to live. And, as children by faith, our God calls us to be aware of and take care of our innermost being – where God has placed His very good work within us.
I pray that, as stewards of this earth, we will each take a little more time and spend a little more energy in caring for our earth. This is a simple way to acknowledge our responsibility for the condition of our earth, and to thank our God for giving us this very good gift.
I pray that, as children of our Holy God, we will each take a little more time and spend a little more energy on allowing God’s Word and Spirit more and more freedom and power to continue God’s transforming work in our lives. On that day of Christ Jesus, may our God see, assess and proclaim that His work within each of us is fully complete and very good!