“As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” (Gen 9:7)
God’s intent is that we abound.
It’s the promised return upon our obedience in Deuteronomy 28: “if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. …”
But it’s also an intent based upon his own character. In Ephesians 3:20, Paul reflects upon a God “who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”
And Jesus describes himself in the same terms: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
But what does that abundant lifestyle look like?
Psalm 37 promises that God-followers “delight themselves in abundant peace.” Romans 15 describes us as those who “abound in hope.” And in 2 Corinthians 9:8, Paul refers to a God who “is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
That last bit is significant. It’s not just a matter of being the recipients of abundant peace, hope and grace, but that all this treasure is poured out upon us” so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
We live generously, expansively, looking to bless others, giving and not looking for payback, loving and not setting conditions…
And that abundant lifestyle gets into our thinking, our dreaming for the world we live in. And this too is part of God’s plan for how we should live. “As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” (Gen 9:7)
As for you!
Today, as we begin again, get ready to say YES to God.
There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your God-shaped instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.