So God created man in His own image;
 in the image of God He created him;
 male and female He created them. 
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 
“Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; 
have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, 
and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28

In this passage from Genesis, we see that we are created in the image of the Creator. Think about that; we were created in the very image of God, our Creator. Then, the Creator gives us a command. He wants us to multiply what He has created.

Be fruitful

What exactly does the verse mean here by be fruitful though? It literally means to bear fruit while connected to the vine. Wait a minute, doesn’t that sound familiar? Like maybe to another passage in the New Testament such as John 15? We need Him to multiply in His image.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; 
and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, 
neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; 
for without Me you can do nothing.  
 John 15: 1-5

Multiply

Most of the time, when reading this passage, we get the message that God wanted Adam and Eve to populate the earth. He wanted them to stay connected to Him, the Creator, and physically reproduce in the image of God. We know in the garden, God walked and talked with Adam and Eve. He spent time with them and enjoyed that relationship. Sadly, when that relationship was damaged through sin, the connection to the vine was also weakened. This also means that when man started reproducing without the strong connection to the vine, sin was also reproduced. Thus our need for a Savior to heal that damaged connection.

While I am sure this meant physically, I am also sure that He is still calling us today to reproduce others in His image and not just through physical means. In the New Testament we see commands to go and make disciples. This literally means to go and create with Him, people that are connected to the vine, living for and with Him. It’s also interesting to note that the first command in Genesis is to multiply in His image, and also one of the last things Jesus says. Must be very important instructions!

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; 
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. -Matthew 28: 19-20

But, who?

In 2 Timothy 1:5, we see the blessing it was to have a strong faith passed down from the generations.

"when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. "

Definitely our families should be on the top of the list of those who we should be reproducing in the likeness of Jesus. It’s a blessing and integral part of the multiplication process. But going back to the passage in Matthew, it clearly says we are to be doing so to “all nations.”

This does not mean every person is supposed to pack up and jet off to some foreign country. There are a lot of people that need discipling in our own neighborhood, city, state, and nation. Someone needs to be brave and start here. Often times it’s easier to go and preach to people that don’t know you. But God has placed people in our life for a reason. Those are the people where we have influence, relationship, and hopefully love.

Start with those people and take a page from God’s own book. We shouldn’t look at them as a project or something to fix, but as people to walk with and talk with and love. Serve them. Listen. Walk with them through their hard times and offer them the hope we have in Jesus. Share the gospel as we live it out in full display. This is not a job for a part time Christian. We don’t need to be perfect, but our lives do need to reflect Jesus for people to see a difference, back up what we are saying, and want Him.

This is my prayer, my desire, to live and walk like this. I know I can improve. I hope you have a similar prayer & hope, too. If I can pray for you, or you need encouragement, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would be so happy to hear from you!