Stewards of Creation

Stewards of Creation

The Bible contains a profound message about the stewardship of material creation: God created the world, but entrusts it to human beings. Caring for and cultivating the world involves the following:

  • Joyful appreciation for the God-given beauty and wonder of nature;
  • Protection and preservation of the environment, which would be the stewardship of ecological concern;
  • Respect for human life—shielding life from threat and assault, doing everything that can be done to enhance this gift and make life flourish; and
  • Development of this world through noble human effort—physical labor, the trades and professions, the arts and sciences. We call such effort "work."  Work is a fulfilling human vocation.

The Second Vatican Council points out that, through work, we build up not only our world but the Kingdom of God, already present among us. Work is a partnership with God—our share in a divine human collaboration in creation. It occupies a central place in our lives as Christian stewards.