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?