Usually this scripture is used to talk about having lots of children. So it’s one I avoid reading since having biological children will only be possible through a true miracle of God.
But I do believe that scripture holds meaning for us. And God shined a different light on this passage for me. I hope it blesses and challenges you as it does me.
“Let us make man in Our image.” God made me in his image. I was made like God – not God, but like him. He is beautiful. And because I am made in his image, I am beautiful. Even the dorky parts of me.
Creation implies purpose. I have a reason for being. I was made to bring glory to God.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NASB)
I am the glory of God.
Me, who likes to “dance” around the house and watch Anne of Green Gables.
But what does it mean to be the glory of God?
Be fruitful…. Be productive and successful.
For me, this means working hard on my projects for work. It means constantly and continually studying Arabic. It means digging into the scripture and spending extravagant time with Jesus. Put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.” (2 Chronicles 20:20 NASB)
…multiply… Grow and increase.
I must continually grow in the Sprit and as a person. I am never done learning. I grow as a Christ follower and as someone who shares Jesus with Muslims. It also means that I grow in my marriage and as a wife. A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, (Proverbs 1:5 NASB)
…fill the earth… Enlarge my territory and influence.
This speaks to making Arab friends in my life. The more Arab friends I have, the greater my influence for the sake of the glory of God. The more Arab friends I have, the more I can lead on the path of Truth. Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1 NASB)
…subdue… Conquer, overcome
I can conquer my sugar cravings and desire for food that isn’t healthy. I can overcome the idol of pride in my life. I can subdue my fear and share the Truth even when it’s hard. I can remember that even Islam is under Jesus’ feet. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NASB)
…and rule…. Complete control under Jesus.
Jesus is all-powerful. I can allow him to rule over every area of my life. Even my food choices. Even my thoughts. but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57 NASB)
What a beautiful truth. I am God’s glory created to be productive, to grow, to have influence, to overcome because of the the complete dominion of Jesus.
What is God asking you to do?