“And God said ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it’” (Gen 1:28)
We all tend to get caught up in on our own areas of interest or focus in on our own situations, and this is understandable, right? After all it is not bad to have things which we enjoy or to put time and effort into our personal life. It is honouring before God that we take time to spend with family and friends, it is good for us as people to have things we like to do adding to the wholeness of life.
With all that being said though, we always need to remind ourselves that we are so much more than a simple formula of personal tasks and individual preferences. Our reason for existence in creation is one which has cosmic importance in the eyes of our creator king. What we hear at the beginning of Genesis is the initiation of the mission which we are called to by God. What a wonderful mission it is.
In line with his purposes for his world, God has placed humanity on the earth to extend his kingdom. The way that it is explained here seems to suggest that this is something which covers every facet of life; our own children to the skies above. So what does this look like now, because we all know that Genesis 3 happens. Surely it is not the same, is it?
This is where the gospel is such good news and why we need to be reminded by God of the size and scope of his purposes throughout his creation. It is good news because the king has won, he is on the move and he is advancing his kingdom and one day this task will come to its glorious completion; “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns” (Rev 19:6).
As believing people, no matter where we are located and no matter what ministry God has given us this is right at the very heart. We are to be people of fruitfulness and multiplication. Think about every aspect of life. In what ways are you seeking to live a fruitful life which sees multiplication taking place? Adam distorts this mission, Christ perfects it and chooses to use us, his people, in this most wonderful way.