May 25, 2013
The Gift of Responsibility
By Don Meadows
didn’t assign humankind a job when He
gave dominion (KJV) of all living
creatures into his hand. He offered him
a blessed gift to understand His caring
and watchfulness over us.
bird feeders present Janet and me a
window into the wonders of tiny life.
Even our five cats watch them intently,
although probably with different
ambitions. It is a microcosm of our
world. Displayed is life and death,
drama, humor, confrontation, acceptance,
rejection, sex, birth, tragedy and so
many, many realities of all God’s – and
our – creatures.
Assignment as caretakers of God’s
creatures is a foreboding task. Many
times we have failed, as humankind.
There are, however, wonderful examples
of man’s successes.
other day as I watched the birds I
realized that, in assigning you and me
and we, charge of his creatures, God has
conferred upon us an opportunity to be
“godlike.” Don’t misunderstand. We
aren’t divine, but we are being
challenge to be witnesses of our
“likeness” of the Divine.
Recently I found the remains of four
little birds under my carport, where
nests had been built under the rafters.
I assume these tiny creatures had
matured enough to be stirring in the
nests and had fallen out – some 10 to 12
feet and were killed by impact. Janet
and I grieved. We felt badly that we
had not done something to aid their
survival. We mourned the lost
opportunity of their lives. We had not
known of their existence until
discovering their remains but that
didn’t lessen the sense of the loss.
God must grieve, too, because He does
know. Jesus told us: “Are
not two sparrows sold for a farthing?
and one of them shall not fall on the
ground without your Father.”
Matthew 10:29 (KJV)
knows about each sparrow that falls,
surely He knows about each baby who is
aborted, about each child who dies
prematurely, about each child who is
abused or molested. He grieves for each
life lost because of the failure of
people to discharge their responsibility
to have care over all His creatures –
which includes human ones as well as
people today do not recognize the
heinous practices of individuals guided
by majority rule or
politically-acceptable guidelines. We
live in an evil world, in a country
growing less godly and more defiant of
divine guidance. Tragically, this is
also true of many churches –
denominations, congregations and
we not become like the man Micah? He
“had an house of gods, and made an
ephod, and teraphim,
and consecrated one of his sons, who
became his priest.
In those days there was
no king in Israel, but every man
did that which was right in his
and fewer are those who accept and boast
that Jesus is their king. The Bible is
revered less and less as God’s Word to
mankind. Thus, we have become, and are
becoming, more and more focused on our
wants, desires and obedient to our
defined moralities. It’s as though the
thought, “Everybody’s doing it,” makes
all things right if enough people
subscribe to that thinking.
we become less sensitive to God speaking
to us through the Holy Spirit and
endanger our own lives and souls and
those of loved ones and all of
humanity. We tolerate these resulting
many sins because we, too, practice
the fruits of this behavior is the
abandonment of the assigned task given
to us at the very beginning --
stewardship of God’s creatures.
Repairing this break with God is
impossible for us to effect. Only God
can heal the wounds we have inflicted
upon ourselves and others, and this He
offers to do through Jesus Christ. The
price of death to atone for our sin was
paid by Jesus, and He offers the hand of
friendship and fellowship for those who
will believe, repent and accept His
kind and loving and helpful to the fowls
of the air, the fishes of the seas and
the beasts of the earth. Threat them as
you wish God to treat you. How you do
this says much of your relationship to
the One who is watching over you.
Help me realize every day
The lives entrusted to me.
May love guard and cover
Each one, so God’s smile I see.