Hey family! It is October 2020. The last quarter of this evenful year officially began yesterday. Last year this time, for #FirstFriday, I was encouraging you to try out new things, to do things that you find interesting. This year? Well, this year we’re being called to be fruitful and multiply. Even in a pandemic.
Can I be honest? #FirstFridays is turning into more than what I expected it to be. Initially, for me, it was an opportunity for us to set goals the first Friday of every month. But now God is speaking differently and I believe it’s essential for us to listen to the voice of Holy Spirit when He speaks.
I was thinking about today’s post earlier and was trying to figure out what it is I should share with you. Something that kept ringing in my spirit was “be fruitful and multiply”.
The Genesis of ‘Be fruitful and multiply’.
I was reading the Book of Genesis up until chapter 13 and noticed how every so often the Lord blessed a living thing and told it to “be fruitful and multiply“. And as I was thinking about the content of today’s post the Holy Spirit reminded me of #FirstFriday: January 2020. It was about cultivating, and about applying lessons learnt in 2019. Come to think of it, in a way it was really about fruitfulness because the application of lessons produces fruitfulness. It allows us to bear fruit. The right fruit.
Also, I went back to Genesis – the creation story. On day 3 of creation the Lord separates the waters and causes dry ground to appear and then in Genesis 1:11 He says “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.
If you think about it the land is the environment for the plant to grow in, to flourish, and I find it rather interesting that the Lord didn’t create seed first. He created the plant first and created the plant with the seed inside it so it has the ability to multiply.
As creation continues, day 5 comes and He says “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” God blesses these creatures of the water and of the air saying be fruitful and multiply. On day 6 He creates wildlife, livestock, and small animals, each with the ability to produce offspring of the same kind.
He goes on to create man. He creates Adam and then from his rib creates Eve, blesses them and says be fruitful and multiply. Before I could get into every other chapter in the Book of Genesis it started to dawn on me how important multiplication and bearing fruit is to God. I thought about it. I’m still thinking about it to be honest, but it must mean something. For the Lord to create living things with the ability to multiply and then repeatedly give instruction to be fruitful and multiply.
Had the instruction not been given – had the word not been said – the created entity would not know that it has the ability to multiply the seed that exists within it. It would not be able to respond to the order of multiplication. Because the instruction of multiplication is yet to activate that ability.
We see this again after the flood takes place and Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives, and all the animals that we’re in the boat now make it onto dry land. The first instruction God gives them is to be fruitful and multiply.
Here’s where it started to make sense for me…
I began to look at us a lot like the plants that God created on the third day. I really do find it interesting that He created the plant first and not the seed. Likewise, with man, He didn’t create the sperm first or the egg first. Instead He created the man first, with His seed on the inside, and gave man the instruction to be fruitful and multiply. What that says to me is that we’ve been placed in an environment a lot like the ground that God created and we’ve been given a seed that has the ability to multiply. But the onus is on us to cultivate. The onus is on us to do the work that makes room for multiplication.
It’s a rough thought really. When I think about it the ground isn’t pretty, soil isn’t pretty. Yet that is the most conducive place for the growth of a plant, a tree, a vegetable, a seed. The ground is the most conducive place for its growth. Uncomfortable, and maybe even a little ugly.
2020 hasn’t been pretty, we can all agree on that. Whether it is because of the pandemic and its adverse effects. Or the deaths that have taken place this year. There is so much that has happened in 2020. And though it doesn’t look pretty it is the most conducive environment for us to be fruitful and multiply. It is the most conducive environment for me to be fruitful and multiply.
It’s important that we do not ignore the seed that is on the inside of us. It is important that we did not ignore the ability and the potential of the seed that is within us. Beyond that I think it is important that we do not discount the validity of the seed that is within us, just because the environment doesn’t look pretty. Remember that when God gave this command, He gave it irrespective of the environments His creation would encounter. Meaning this nature is independent of what goes on around it.
Be fruitful and multiply.
Fruitfulness and multiplication speaks to you and all that is attached to you. Remember that as you grow in Christ you grow in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). That too needs to multiply. When we speak on multiplication don’t only think of it financially. Think of how much of the seed of God, the incorruptible seed that is within you, is being multiplied into the environment that is around you.
I know this year has been a lot but I believe that the Lord is encouraging us to keep going. Not to go alone but to go with Him. I don’t believe that He’s calling us to produce alone but to produce through him. Not to multiply alone but to in with him.
With that said welcome to the fourth quarter of the year. I pray this 4th quarter be a reminder of all that the Lord has placed within you regardless of whatever is around you. I pray that you will see Him and that He will teach you all that it is you need to know. But above that, I pray that your heart is willing and open to listen.
Grace & Peace to you & yours
– Xo, Jo 🌺