Sonship (7)

Do you know that as a son of God, earth was entrusted to your care? Do you further know, that when sons sin, it has an impact on earth? When we do not rule in righteousness as sons, our sin affects our relationship with the earth. It is such that to whom much has been entrusted, much will be expected.

In Genesis 3:17 – 18 the Lord declares to Adam that because he has sinned the ground will be cursed, and that it will for example bring forth thorns and thistles. In Genesis 4:12, the Lord declares to Cain that the ground will no longer yield its strength to him, because he killed his brother. We read in Genesis 6 that the sins of man were so great that it grieved the Lord’s heart. He then decided to kill all men and beasts – but for Noah and his kin.

As our sin affected our relationship with creation, so our relationship with Jesus can redeem creation. It says that creation waits eagerly for the sons of God to be revealed. In fact, the portion of scripture in Romans 8:19-23 captures this accurately:

19 “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body”.

I realize that there is a tension between the Kingdom having come and, yet not fully so. I am not interested in such a debate just yet. There is no denying however, that there exists a  certain relationship between the sons of God and creation. More to the point our success or failure in ruling righteously affects this planet.

We don’t need to start hugging trees just yet, but perhaps the feet of JESUS is a good place to start. When we are done there, we can start loving on the ones He created. I am persuaded that this planet will flourish, and creation will walk in greater liberty!

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