Daily Devotions
 

For the next several weeks, as we observe the “Stewardship Season”, our daily devotions will be written by members of Good Shepherd.  I (Pastor Heidi) asked these folks to reflect on how the ministry of Good Shepherd impacts their life, whether through relationships they have, worship experiences or other meaningful ways our corporate life touches them.  As you read their powerful testimonies let your mind also explore how Good Shepherd’s ministry has touched YOUR life in meaningful ways.  How has your faith be deepened because of your church home?

Just a reminder that May 23rd is Stewardship Sunday and we are inviting you to return your Estimate of Giving card on that day when you come to worship.  You can also mail your form in, or fill it out on line.  Our goal as a congregation is to increase our giving by $1000 per week in the year ahead. Thank you.  Now enjoy today’s devotion.

Pastor Heidi Johns

 

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

Introduction to Stewardship of Creation 

Stewardship of creation is an integral part of the Christian faith. As Christians, we know that God created the world and all that is in it. God, out of love, creates a good world (Genesis 1:31) with all that humans need to grow and prosper. Creation in its essence is good because God is good. 

Not only does God create humans and all that exists, but God goes the extra step of giving human beings dominion over his creation (Genesis 1:28-30). Dominion over creation is a great gift but also a great responsibility. The fact that God gives human beings dominion over his creation is a testimony to the very nature of God’s expansive love and the nature of human dignity. God loves humans so much that he gives them the high honor of taking care of God’s precious creation.

Scripture  Genesis 1:28-31

28 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 air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29 God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

PSA From Detroit: Here is a short video made by the city of Detroit about caring for their city.  Detroit

For Reflection: God gave humans dominion over creation.  Another name for this is stewardship.  A steward is someone who manages the property or possessions of someone else.  The steward does not own the property but is in charge of it.  What do you feel is our responsibility in caring for or being stewards of the earth God has given us to live on?  Do you agree that the city of Detroit is really calling their citizens to the holy act of stewardship? 

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