We are all similar. No matter where we all come from, the only difference is our cultural background. It is very important that we understand our purpose. Let us examine the original covenant God made with men when we were created, as it is the starting point for everything we do in our lives and for the understanding of the rest of the Bible.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1: 27-28)
It is very clear that man and woman reflect the image of God. It actually takes both to reflect the image of God, as verse 28 says, “Be fruitful and increase in number.” There could be no multiplying or increase if man and woman did not become one flesh. In other words, unless man and woman become one flesh, the covenant of God could not be fulfilled. The mandate is to fill the earth, to subdue it and to rule over it.
Marriage is the foundation of realizing God’s covenant with men. Marriage is also the foundation of all cultures and civilizations in this world. Any country or church is only as healthy as its marriages. When Adam was alone, the Bible does not record the devil tempting him. By himself, Adam was harmless and of no threat to Satan. It was when Eve came into the picture that the devil came to destroy their relationship with God.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘you must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:1-7)
The devil is crafty, and he knew exactly what he was doing and is still doing in the lives of people. In verses 5 and 6, he created doubt in the minds of men by asking a single question. He then fed the eyes and created a desire in the heart, setting a clear pattern for temptation.
Divorce rates are peaking in many countries, especially in the United States. When families are destroyed, the country is gradually destroyed, and so are its churches and institutions. Satan destroys marriages so that mankind cannot reflect the image of God. To destroy God’s domain on Earth, Satan targets marriages.
In Genesis 1:28, God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, or increase. The meaning is very simple: We need to have as many children as possible, both biological children for the married, and spiritual children, which are the secondary meaning to the mandate. Paul never had children, but Timothy was his spiritual son. It is important that we do not disconnect ourselves from the next generation. This life is not about you; it is about your children. We need to get away from the individualistic mindset and adjust our minds to the covenant relationship, which God established with man.
“Be fruitful and multiply” or “increase” also means that we must teach our children to get married and reproduce to have more children. Our teaching or preaching is sometimes all about the individual blessing, but we need to have a generational mindset. When Moses asked God to reveal Himself in the burning bush, as to what he should say about the God he now represented, God said, “Say to the Israelites ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’”
Our God is a generational God. The Father is the first generation, His Son, Jesus, is the second, and now, you and I are the third generation. Jesus said that we can do greater things than Him. That is God’s greater purpose. Our destinies cannot come true through our churches or families if we do not disciple our children. We need to cultivate a nest that can bring forth the next Billy Grahams and great presidents or prime ministers.
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. (Exodus 3:13-15)
“Replenish” or “fill” the Earth. We need our children to be the best in every field to which they are called. The Great Commission is not only about the fivefold ministry; it is about excelling in every field – scientist, businessman, artist, and so on. How can we replenish the earth with only pastors? We need to engage the earth – only then can we establish God’s dominion. Encourage your children in their gifting to be the best in their field.
“Subdue the earth.” Our children should put on the armor of God in order to subdue the earth. When God is with us, we can take control of the earth. He has given us the mandate, the authority and the blessing to do so. The armor of God is His righteousness and holiness as described in Ephesians 6.
Having dominion also means having influence over everything on Earth. Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. He who serves will lead. According to Christ’s principles, when you serve people with sincerity, they will likely want you to become their leader in society. Joseph, Daniel and many more people in the Bible have illustrated this process. They were given total dominion and authority over their countries even though they were in a foreign land. It is a process; we need to be the greatest force on the earth.