David Leigh (France and USA) is a good friend to a number of us who have journeyed within what was the ‘Target Europe’ framework. Some time back I wrote a few blogs about stewardship. He made some comments and so I asked him if he would be willing to write something on this. Here is a link to his first post on stewardship. Below are a few excerpts from his post:
Simply questioning patriotism in many circles is unheard of and indeed negatively provocative.
My thought is that for the follower of Jesus, living a full expression of stewardship would make patriotism a lot less energizing.
I titled this Stewardship – God’s original plan? because I believe this really begins back in Genesis 1:26,28 with God’s creation of the cosmos and man. I believe that God gave Adam (and then with Eve) a small (?) parcel of land to steward (Genesis 2:8,15). I tend to think that the Garden of Eden was a “partially tamed” land to teach mankind some essential truths about how this whole thing – life, creation, relationship with God, etc. – was supposed to work…with the idea that these experiential understandings were to be applied to the rest of God’s creation. What was it that they were to understand? Certainly a lot more than I can imagine, but here’s a short list oriented to what I’d like to discuss:
- God’s creation is a living gift
- The gift is given, with love, by our Heavenly Papa to
- Like all life in the current created order, it needs investment to flourish – a lack of investment will either kill it or cause it to grow malignantly/incorrectly
- God provides for us
- One of the chief ways that He intends to provide for us is via the creation He gives us as a gift
To summarize, He set up Creation and Man in Creation to have a symbiotic relationship….