Caretakers After God’s Own Heart
As God’s Kingdom comes to earth, He uses us to displace principalities and powers that are determined not to serve the Lordship of Jesus Christ. First, He delivers us out of the dominion of darkness and puts us into the Kingdom of His love, in submission to His Lordship. Then He says, “I’m going to make you My sons. I’m going to transform you into My image.” He brings us up to a level where we can replace those powers that have rebelled against Him.
When God created man, He placed him as a caretaker in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it (Genesis 2:15). In the New Testament, man was commissioned to preach the Gospel to all of creation. It may seem like a different commission, but what God created us to do did not change: He created us to care for creation. Good caretakers cultivate and improve the land, and that is God’s heart for creation. Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden left the garden without its caretakers. That position was then usurped by rebellious and disobedient spiritual rulers. However, God promised in Jeremiah 23:1-5 that He would attend to them for their evil deeds, and would raise up righteous shepherds. God is going to give all of creation caretakers after His own heart.
As caretakers, we must come to the place where we know who we are and can be objective. Unlike James and John when they were challenged by the Samaritans and wanted to call fire down out of heaven, we cannot react negatively to things in the spirit or natural world when they challenge us in their ignorance and immaturity. We are ambassadors to bring all of creation into submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We do not know which spirits will be saved and which will not. How many times have we, in our immaturity, rebelled against the Lord in our own walk?
I want us to dig into our own spirits and find that beautiful heart that God created in man: the heart that is driven to care for His creation in a way that it becomes all God purposed it to become.
This message titled “Caretakers After God’s Own Heart” came in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will be available at Living Word Publications.