Biblical Stewardship Resource Library

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Biblical Stewardship Resource Library

Genesis 1:28

THE OUTWARD LIFE OF A STEWARD
Caring For the Earth

And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

In Genesis 1:28 God gives mankind its first stewardship assignment. It says, “And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth (ESV).’” In this short verse God gives us three earth stewardship directives: (1) Fill the earth with people; (2) Subdue the earth or bring it under control; (3) Have dominion over all living creatures. This three-pronged directive provides us with a solid biblical foundation and basis for a responsible, God-centered, approach to creation care. How are you doing caring for the small portion of God’s creation that He has entrusted you to manage? Think about it.