We constantly fight the challenge to segment our lives into the secular and the sacred. We go to ch arch on Sunday and take the rest of the week to work, play or rest. We especially face this segmentation as we serve through our work. After spending many years pursuing education in order to serve others, we find ourselves well equipped to administer skills through our vocations. Yet, we often do not have any planned strategy of how those professional skills are to be integrated into His kingdom work. In His design, our serve to others—to HIs creation and to His creatures—is intended to be part of His work of redemption.
“And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the battle after their kind, and every thing that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:25). What an amazing and beautiful image—the creation of all living things—and God saw that it was good. In the midst of that creation, God charged Adam to engage in HIs purposes for the animals by asking him to name them. The Scripture is full of references to the role that animals play in this world and in His story.
“A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast. But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel” (Proverbs 12:10 NASB). Our heart toward God is reflected in our heart’s attitude toward HIs creation. God’s redemptive purposes include man’s responsibility in the care of animals. “Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds” (Proverbs 27:23 NASB). The heart of a disciple demonstrates the Father’s love for this beautiful part of HIs creation and actively looks for ways to replicate that heart—and the skills that go with it—in fellow disciples.
By living with the heart of a servant in the care of this part of creation, the disciple provides a witness of God’s care for all living things. IN living a life of service to people and their animals, others are challenged to know Him and become HIs disciples.
*Dr. Kit Flowers serves as the president of Christian Veterinary Mission, serving to challenge, empower, and facilitate veterinary professionals to serve others by living out their faith. Website: www.cvmusa.org
Reflection Points: the Character of God and Environment, Agriculture and Zoology
1. He’s the Creator of the earth and everything in it (Psalm 104:25, 30; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17)
- The plants (Genesis 1:11-12)
- The fish and birds (Genesis 1:20-21)
- The animals (Genesis 1:24-25)
2. He relates to all of His creation.
- The heavens, earth, the seas, fields, trees (Psalm 96:10-13)
- The wild animals (Isaiah 43:20-21)
- The clouds and lightening (Job 37:14-18)
3. His creation expresses worship to Him.
- The heavens tell of the glory of God and the work of His hands (Psalm 19:1)
- The mountains and hills burst into song and all the trees of the field clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12-13)
- Every creature in heaven and on earth, under the sea and on the sea, and all that is in them (Revelation 5:13).
4. He instructs through Nature (Job 12:7-10; Proverbs 6:6-11; Romans 1:19-20).
5. He protects and preserves animals (Genesis 6:19-21).
6. He’s made a covenant that includes plants and animals (Genesis 9:8-13).