Today I want to start by asking you what has been on my mind for the last few days. What is the most important thing on your heart today? What do you know you HAVE TO do before you leave this earth? It is always good to assess these kinds of things so that we can make the necessary changes or allow realignment in our course to our destination.
Let me share with you what triggered these questions. A couple of weeks ago, I begun thinking about what the Bible says in Genesis 1:27-28, “27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.””
The phrase, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ caught my attention. Now, all of us know what that means, especially people who are in their first or second year of marriage. They have been at the receiving end of jokes, awkward inquisitions, extempore sermons and even obscure financial planning advice as well. But coming back to the scripture, verse 27 tells us that man had just been created so we know that he had not yet sinned. In fact it tells us that man embodied the very nature of God, his Maker. And it is to this backdrop that he was commanded by God to be fruitful and multiply.
God’s desire for His kingdom to be on earth as it is in heaven didn’t begin when Jesus prayed it to teach the disciples how to pray. It was on His heart right from the day He created man. He desired for the earth to be filled with Him and His glory! So I believe that when the Father told man to be fruitful and multiply, He was in fact saying, “Go, and fill the earth with more of me. Fill the earth with people who bear my image and likeness and know no sin! Let earth look just like heaven where my glory fills the place.”
In today’s world where earth bears almost no resemblance to God’s original plan and sin abounds everywhere we look, you may wonder how that would be possible now that man sinned right in the beginning. We have found hope in the cross that has washed us clean from all our sin and made us whiter than snow. We can approach His throne boldly because His scarlet blood has made us righteous. And the commandment still remains, “Be fruitful and multiply”. And God is still looking for a people who will not only reproduce but also bring forth the His nature on earth. We are not called to only have good offspring (biological/spiritual), but to produce a godly generation! (Click to Tweet)
I am suddenly reminded of this incident from about a few years ago when I was busy doing some chores around the house and talking to Jesus at the same. And I asked Him, “Why didn’t You ever answer a question with just the answer but instead go on to answer some unasked questions and even thrown a parable in the mix?” He replied saying, “I had just three and a half years on earth, there was so much I wanted to share and do. If you had as much time as I did, I’m sure you would do the same!”
So to answer my question at the top of this post, I want to use my life to do whatever it takes so that I can to make Jesus known. I have a lot more than 3 and a half years but I want to make it count. I want to be part of that generation that lives and exists to see His heavenly Kingdom on earth. I want to be fruitful and multiply and fill this earth with people who bear His image and likeness.
Let’s encourage each other. Share what is your heart’s desire in the comments section below. God bless!