This is a continuation of a 2-part blog series around the first proclamation that the Lord gives humanity: “Be Fruitful and Multiply.” If you haven’t read the initial blog, which focuses on “being fruitful”, I would suggest going to check that out before reading Part II. Here, we will be looking at the second piece of the Lord’s command: “and multiply.”
Spiritual multiplication looks like this: people are investing in others and reproducing their Christian walk in those whom they are discipling. Multiplication is evident when there is an increase the numbers of those who’s lives look like Jesus.
Multiplication has always been The Lord’s strategy for the advancement of His kingdom, and it is our responsibility to see it fulfilled. It is not just something that we can neglect or leave for the professional Christians. The Lord didn’t say “be fruitful, and if you feel like it or if you have time, it would be great if you could multiply. ” We are fruitful for the purpose of multiplying. The fruit visible in us are gifts that we’ve received from God, but there is a direct responsibility attached to them: the responsibility of multiplication. If it isn’t through our own doing that we are fruitful, then we have a responsibility to the One who produced the fruit to see that it is multiplied.
This responsibility is given to every Christian. It has always been the call for those in relationship with the Creator God. All over the Bible we can see subtle and explicit references to this command. One passage is in chapter 5 & 6 of 2 Corinthians, where Paul states that we are co-laborers with God and ambassadors of His Kingdom. And of course, when we are talking about multiplication and the responsibility we have as followers of Jesus, we can’t talk about multiplication without mentioning the Great Commission. This is where Jesus commissions his disciples with the responsibility of multiplication.
Matthew 26:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All of us who find our identity in our relationship with Christ have a responsibility to spiritually multiply ourselves and make disciples. It is impossible to separate the relationship we have from the responsibility which the Lord calls us into. Therefore, there is no way of separating our initial command to “be fruitful and multiply.”
We can’t hold onto our fruit for ourselves, or wait to reproduce until it is perfect. It will never be perfect. We have a responsibility to offer the Lord the fruit that he has produced in our lives for him to multiply in others lives, regardless of if we feel ready to do so. As the Lord continues to produce fruit in your life, don’t hold back! Multiply that fruit in the lives of others and be intentional in helping build the Kingdom of God.