Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2. In the Beginning

Stewardship 101*
#2  In the Beginning

As we discussed last week, stewardship is about responsibility:  Responsibility to whom?  Responsibility to God. 
“OK.  I have to be responsible, but what about Him?  Where is His responsibility?  He could wave His hand, or just think, and all this pollution and global warming could disappear.  What about drunk drivers, and cancer, and gun violence, and insanity, and war, and poverty…” 
     Deep down we too would rather be God than His created creature.  Something in us rebels against His Love because we aren’t equals.  Self-loving, how can we really love anyone else?  We look at our parents, children, friends and see their faults.  And, to be truthful, we think even God has faults.  The “sun and rain fall on the just and unjust alike,” but that’s the only way we are alike.  Why did He make us if we were only going to be unhappy? 
      If we consider “In the beginning,” we see that God created the world from nothing in six days.  At the end of each day of creation He looked at what He had created and said, “It is good.”   In the beginning it was all “good”.  He created Man from the good earth, and woman with a rib from Man’s side, so she too was created from good.  There were no drunk drivers, or pollution, or cancer, or insanity in the beginning.  All that came later, after Woman and Man chose not to believe.  There was no death in their world, no evil, until the tempter came.”?  Remember they walked and talked with Him each day, yet they were so easily swayed from their stewardship, their responsibility.  Their only job was to name the creatures, and avoid the fruit of one tree, but they weren’t God.
     Why was he so easily able to tempt these “friends of God, because he knew the weakness first hand.  Lucifer, the Light Bearer, too wanted to be God, so he rebelled, and lost.  So he knew the perfect line, “You shall not die, God knows well that the moment you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and evil.” 
     The first Woman and Man made their choice.  No stewardship.  And they changed the world.  Could we change the world if we chose differently?  Would we change ourselves?  All we have to do is “know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world.”  Can we be humble enough to be God’s Stewards, or must we insist on being God?

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