Genesis 9:7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.

large familyI am part of a church with lots of kids.  Really, I mean it.  On a given Sunday, close to half of the people there are under the age of 18.  We get this verse at Abundant Life.  I have friends with 5, 6, 7, 8, and even 9 children.  Yes, they are a fruitful bunch!  My wife and I have four children, which some days seems like a lot.  But when we hang out with our church friends, we feel like underachievers.  God Bless ’em.

God told Noah and his family to be fruitful and multiply.  As I read this passage of scripture, I wonder if God is speaking to us today at a deeper level.  I wonder if this “be fruitful and multiply” thing has more to it than making babies.  You see, Jesus also talked about being fruitful and multiplying.  He said to go and make disciples of all nations.  He instructed his men to multiply the kingdom of God.  We are giving birth to children, but are we giving birth to spiritual children?  

As a Christian, each one of us has been given the same command: make disciples… be fruitful and multiply.  This is not only the calling of pastors and evangelists; it is the calling of a believer.  For if the believer is not fruitful, the world will not find Jesus through him.  And if the believer does not multiply, the kingdom of God will become like stagnant waters and begin to stink.  The church should never be setting still.  There should be new life happening.  New faces should be walking through the doors and life should be springing up.  So be fruitful and multiply church.  God told us to.

*Spiritually speaking, how are you doing on being fruitful and multiplying?

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