This world is not our trash heap.
This planet is not your personal ash tray.
This universe is not yours, period.
Human beings are created by God and given dominion, or lordship, over the creation (Genesis 1:26-28). Yet God remains Lord over all. It is His creation, not ours. And we must take care of it as good managers, good stewards, of the things He has given.
Yet, this creation is passing away...because of our sin. The land is cursed because of Adam's fall into temptation (Genesis 3:17-19). We cannot save this world from deteriorating anymore than we can save a loved one from dying. We can delay the inevitable. We can do our best to care for what we have. But the end will come when Jesus returns.
We are not, however, waiting for Christ to come again and eliminate matter from existence. We await a new heavens and a new earth (II Peter 3:13).
You see, you are a creature. And you belong in a creation. And you will live in God's creation for ever and ever. (AMEN!) The difference is that this new creation, this new heavens and earth will be a perfect fulfillment of what God intended in the first place. We cannot possibly wrap our minds around it because we are sinful. But we will see it with our own eyes. In our flesh we shall see God (Job 19:26-27).
Creatures belong in a creation. Thanks be to God that we will not be disembodied spirits floating in mystic clouds for all time. We shall be right where we belong, working with and caring for God's creation.
[Tomorrow: We stand for Life!]