Fruitful and Multiply
Learning about being a Birth Attendant and how it connects to God brings me to the passage in Genesis 1:28.
“God said to them, ‘be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air and every living creature that crawls on the earth.”
This verse reveals one of God’s intentions for His children: be fruitful and multiply. Why fruitful? Multiplication is a fact of nature, but being fruitful is the goal of multiplying.
The seed of faith with Christ births spiritual fruit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, patience, and faithfulness.
Just as an apple seed produces fruit, we too have seed that produces the birth of beautiful babies. The seed of faith with Christ births spiritual fruit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, patience, and faithfulness. When you spend time with God (soaking in His presence, spending time meditating in His scripture) the value of your relationship with others increases – fruitfulness. You begin to see heaven’s attributes manifest in your life and those around you.
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply” (RSV). This verse is often called the cultural mandate (a mandate is where, by law, you have to do something). But what if we started calling it the cultural blessing? In doing so, the perspective on God’s character gets shifted from “what I must do to please God (under the law) to what God does for and through me.” What God does for and through you is a blessing because you are in a fruitful relationship with Him.
So some may say that Genesis 1:28 is God’s first commandment, while others say it is more so a great blessing. Whichever way you see it, God has been showing me something about His character through commandments. Though a commandment may seem harsh, it’s not about the act in it, but the heart behind it. God’s heart for us is to flourish and experience His blessings; I know that God is good and wants what is best for His children.
God hasn’t changed His mind about provision for His children or the responsibility He gives them; our perspectives have changed.
God has given us so much through the inheritance of this commandment, and with our relationship with Him comes responsibility. Our responsibility to take care of what God has given us: family, land, sea, environment, etc. Some people may think, “Aren’t there enough people already?” and “What about all the poverty going on in the world?” To many this statement could arguably be true. However, did you know that everyone in the world could fit in the state of Texas? Not just physically, but with proper housing, land, and plenty of food produced. All that is possible on a piece of land the size of Texas. (For more facts on this see www.overpopluationisamyth.com.) God hasn’t changed His mind about provision for His children or the responsibility He gives them; our perspectives have changed.
So let’s go back to Genesis — be fruitful and multiply. Prosperity follows children of the covenant. With the multiplication of children on the earth, the more God’s glory will be reflected throughout the land. People of the covenant (those who know God) receive the inheritance of having full access to take dominion over the land (Phil. 4:8). So what does it mean to take dominion over the land? When you walk by faith and obedience you are taking dominion. Psalm 115:16 states,
“O God, remember us and bless us, bless the families of Israel and Aaron. And let God bless all who fear God — bless the small, bless the great. Oh, let God enlarge your families — giving growth to you, growth to your children. May you be blessed by God, by God, who made heaven and earth. The heaven of heavens is for God, but he put us in charge of the earth.” (The Message).
As children are born, more land is blessed by God’s glory reflected in their precious lives; thus, the Great Commission: “go into all the earth and make disciples,” to disciple children and multiply God’s values on the earth. And this, friend, is a blessing, fruitful and multiplied.