“As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” Genesis 9:7
While laying in bed with a stomache ache because the too rich for my forty-seven-year-old digestive system dinner I ate last night won’t stop waking me up, I thought of procreation. (This is because I feel the same way I did when I was pregnant and couldn’t sleep.)
You know the definition: produce young; reproduce. This is the general command in Genesis 9:7, “Go procreate.” However, since there is always a connection between the physical truth in the Old Testament and spiritual truth in the New Testament, there must be a spiritual application of Genesis 9:7 for us today as Christians. May I suggest Matthew 28:19? “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...” Here Jesus said basically the same thing, “Go procreate!” So we are called to be spiritually fruitful and multiply. How? By sharing the good news of Jesus with those who don’t know Him. When we share the gift with those who do not understood that Jesus’ invitation, the Gospel, is offered to them we are spreading seed. We know from the parable that not all invitations will be accepted but some will fall on good soil and God will give them new life!
Furthermore, if they choose to accept the gift Jesus died on the cross to give them, we are to teach them or “make disciples.” This is the equivalent to spiritual parenting. Because God allows us to join Him where He’s working (Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby) and calls us to enter into relationship with believers as adopted children who need care, I am challenged to love my brothers and sisters in Christ in this way.
I’m grateful for the seed that landed on my soiled heart so many years ago. It came from faithful Christians who loved me more than they feared rejection. They also watered, weeded (lots of weeding) and fertilized as needed. So, this spring let’s scatter some seed in His name and be Pro-Creators for Christ and watch the fruit grow for His glory!
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16