The Most Obeyed Command in the Bible

be-fruitful-and-multiplyWhat is the most obeyed command in the Bible?  It is one that even the most vile down through the ages have obeyed.

This command is found in Genesis 1:28 and 9:1,7:  “Be fruitful and multiply.”

We sure have done a pretty good job at filling the earth with people!

Did you realize that the Church was given the same command in Acts 1:8?  The Church has not done as well.  Maybe we have forgotten the organic, living, reproducing nature of the Church.  Remember, when the Bible talks about the Church, it is always something living:  Body, Bride, Branches, etc.  Even when the Church is referred to as a building, Peter is quick to add that it is made up of “living stones”!

I just read an amazing statement in Neil Cole’s book, Organic Church:  “It is time we see that the Church starts in the fields, not in the barns.”  He then references Proverbs 24:27…

Put your outdoor work in order
    and get your fields ready;
    after that, build your house.

Cole continues:  “We are as foolish as the farmer who builds a barn and then stands in the doorway calling all the crops to come in and make themselves at home.  It is time for the Church to get her hands dirty in the soil of lost people’s lives.”

I’m believing for a day when the Church will obey this basic command to be fruitful and multiply as well as the world has.  What about you?

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About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (www.malachinetwork.org), a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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