So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28 The commission was one of Kingdom rulership. It was one of management, stewardship and certainly governmental administration over this planet earth.
Please note: This was all before the fall of mankind due to his disobedience to the Lord God’s command. It is very important to note that there was no mentioned “working for survival and food” but only for development and fulfillment. Keep in mind that priority was never a problem in the Garden of Eden.
Focus Point: As long as mankind walked in full and open fellowship with the Lord God, their Creator, they had no concerns. He provided for all their needs. It wasn’t even a concern. Food, water and other resources were in abundance and the perfect temperature and climate made clothing and shelter unnecessary. Adam and Eve’s first priority was to obey the Lord God’s command: to rule over the garden and all God’s creation and commune with Him. It was not to pursue resources. Adam was preoccupied with living life rather than making a living.
Keep in mind, all of that changed when Adam and Eve lost their dominion authority through disobedience. Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden and their fellowship with the Lord God was disconnected. Now they had to pay attention to things that they once had taken for granted, such as water, food, shelter and survival itself. Now they had to strive to survive! Remember what the Lord God said to Adam: Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17-19
Please note: Everything that man does outside the Kingdom of God is motivated by the drive to meet his personal needs. In mankind’s never-ending struggle for survival and significance living in this fallen world, they realize that they are separated in spirit from the Lord God who created them. From that point on, man invented religion as a vehicle to reconnect with the Lord God and to find the Kingdom that he lost; a kingdom state of rulership and regain dominion over earth’s resources to meet his needs.
Focus Point: After reading and studying, I have discovered that all forms of religion are built on the promise of meeting the needs of mankind. All religions from Baha’i to Islam, from Judaism to Christianity, from Confucianism to Scientology. It all comes back to “what it can do for me” and how my faith will ultimately benefit “me”.
When my Father allows me to wake up to another morning, the very first thing I do before my feet touch the floor is to give my King the praise for another day! My wife Arlene and I maintain that spirit of praise throughout the day. He deserves all our praise for everything! I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7:17 There are times when I drive to see my good friend at his workplace and share with him the praises of my King. Give the Lord God your praise and tell others also! Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people. Psalm 9:11 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name. Psalm 18:49 I will proclaim Your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise You among Your assembled people. Psalm 22:22 NLT
There is much more to say so I will save it for my next article. I just can’t say enough of the goodness of my Father!
Remember, your faith in the King is your greatest asset in the Kingdom.
All scriptures are New King James except where noted.
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