Be fruitful and multiply.


God gave us everything he had made and instructed us to reign over it and govern it all. He gave the man and the woman his blessing and told them to be fruitful and multiply. Two commands. The first is to be fruitful. I think that means that God wanted the man and woman he had created to be creative themselves. God gave them the world and eagerly waited to see what they could make of it.
The second is to multiply. It is astonishing that, not only did He create everything but, he also left all the living things with a little bit of his mysterious power to make life continue. He gave all the living things the power to make more!
As Christians the two commands are still relevant. He has taken the form of a man himself and shown us exactly how he expects us to govern his creation. He has increased his gift to us by giving us his Son and through him, his Spirit and his authority and ultimately his Power. He still wants us to be fruitful and he still wants us to multiply.


Genesis 1:26-31 NLT

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.


Since God made us in his image, it must follow that when you look around at the people you know, at work, at home and in the streets where you live, you can see images of God all around you. Thinking of it like this could have two effects. Suddenly God could be multiplied massively, going from being an abstract concept, to being represented by every last person alive on the planet. And imagine the change in people’s behaviour if they thought of everyone they met as their king. Imagine how fruitful we might be if people treated everyone they met as if they were meeting God!!!

Today’s readings:

Genesis 1- 2:25, Matthew 1-2:12, Psalm 1:1-6, Proverbs 1:1-6


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