genesis 9: multiply

“And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.”

Remember when He said the same thing to Adam and Eve?

“And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…”

And then when Jesus said it to His disciples?

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”

Bringing forth many from few. Reproducing His Kingdom through His people is the way of God.

Both darkness and light are increasing in our world today. The part we don’t always pay attention to is which one are we multiplying?

“…for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light…”

The instruction to walk as children of light indicates that it may not be a natural response to our identity in Christ. Even though we are now light, we can still walk as though we are in darkness.

We can still gossip with our co-workers, respond to circumstances with fear and anxiety, react to our children in anger, sulk when we’re overlooked, be obnoxiously prideful, and continually express discontentment with our lives, among other things.

And people are watching. Our kids and grandkids are imitating us. Co-workers, neighbors, family members, employees, younger Christians, and unbelievers could all possibly be looking at us to see what it looks like to follow Jesus.


  • When I survey the way I am living my life, the attitudes I display, the values I live by – do I want it reproduced in others?
  • Who is watching my life? Who is becoming the kind of Christian they see in me?
  • How can I be more intentional in multiplying the Kingdom of God around me?

Go, make disciples. Walk as children of Light.

Genesis 9:1; Genesis 1:28; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 5:8

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