Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:15-16)
In recent decades there has been a growing acceptance of the need to care for creation and the environment. Allied to that is the perception that we are part of nature, not apart from it. As Christians, we have this text (and John 1:3) which is calling us to care for creation since it is from God whose goodness dwells in creation. Caring for creation is not entirely selfless, since it provides so much for us on a practical level such as food and medicines, and our knowledge is far from complete.
We need to model care for creation to the young people in our care – primarily since it is another way that God is revealed. But also because we gain so much on a practical and aesthetic level by the flourishing of God’s creation. This is also the stewardship to which we are all called (Gen 1:26-29)
Have a great week!