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Mark D. Roberts


Be Fruitful and Multiply

READ Genesis 1:28-30

“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.’ ”

Genesis 1:28

Why are we here on earth? For centuries, philosophers and theologians have debated this question. No doubt the debate will continue for centuries to come. The first answer we find in Scripture might surprise us. God created human beings in his image so that we might “be fruitful and multiply” and “fill the earth and govern it.” On a literal level, being fruitful and multiplying has to do with procreation. Yet, beyond this, we see that God intends for us to contribute to this world, to add to his creation. Moreover, we are to take care of it, to manage that over which God remains the true owner.

How fruitful is your life? Are you making a difference in the world? And how are you doing with managing that part of God’s creation entrusted to you?
PRAYER: Thank you, dear Lord, for creating us with a purpose, with something to do in this world. By your grace, help us to live fruitful lives, to contribute to this world in a meaningful way. May we see each moment of each day as a chance to fulfill your fundamental calling to us. Furthermore, give us the wisdom to manage well that part of the world you have given to us: our work, our family, our neighborhood, our church. May we glorify you in all we do. Amen.
A picture of fruitfulness . . .

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