Taking care of God’s creation is part of our calling. Wildlife, people and the land. But, there tends to be a point when “taking care” of wildlife and land overshadows the value of human life and replaces it with having control over land, air and water, even if it means stepping all over the hands of those who work hard to provide food, clothing and resources for people from their very own fields.
There are groups and government entities that claim to value and care for land, water, air and animal resources. However, some of the people in those organizations go to the length of putting those values and cares over caring or concern for human life and the resources and food created by farmers.
Recently, I’ve had conversations with farmers and family members about a state organization we must deal with that seems to go by its own rules, disregarding current law to find ways to do as they please, whether it really helps the environment or not. What people seem to forget is that farmers are the ultimate stewards of the land. Farmers know that the land has to be taken care of so that food can keep being provided for people around the world and so that their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and so on, may continue to live off that land.
There may be those who join a group to ultimately do good, but some of those people, even groups as a whole, get carried away with any authority they are given or leadership people recognize them for.
As Christians, the Lord works through us to influence people and show them His love. We may gain influence with those around us, whether knowingly or unknowingly, and we must be careful with how we handle that influence. We need to make sure that we stay pure in our intentions and the Lord’s will. It is also important to continually stay in the Word and in constant prayer with the Lord. When we continue to remain in the Lord’s will, it is impossible to take advantage of others who He has created and their situations. Essentially, we must be wise, honest and careful leaders.
“Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elders and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” -1 Peter 5:1-4
So, we must be careful to take care of the hearts of those who have entrusted us with their well-being or trust us to be their leader. It is not about our own personal agenda, but we need to care for them and help them develop their relationship with the Lord. We need to be encouraging and helping them in their growth and relationship for the Lord. We need to be careful to not assert our authority in an unGodly way.
“The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.” -Psalm 145:9
And ultimately, after it is all said and done, it is wise to remember that no matter how much authority we may feel we have, Jesus Christ and His Father are the ultimate authority above all.
“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.'” -Matthew 28:18
What is more, thought we may be leaders in many different ways, we are still sheep. Christ Jesus is our shepherd. And it is wise for us as sheep to obey and listen to our shepherd so that we are careful to lead those who are our sheep in the right way.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” -Matthew 10:16
So, as you see. I do not take very kindly to those taking advantage of their post in leadership or high position. And when it comes to spiritual matters, it is even more important to be careful with the authority given. Remember this as you go about influencing the lives of those around you 🙂