“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion [authority] over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth…
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion [authority] over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26,28
This is my little plot of the earth.
This is my family.
This site is my little corner of the internet.
The seeds I sow in these places by the sweat of my brow will either produce fruit or weeds. But the Word says God has given me authority to steward all three. It’s my personal responsibility, surrendered and obedient to Christ, to subdue my corner of the earth, to leave it more beautiful than I found it.
As I was reading this passage recently, I was convicted that I have not been walking in the authority given to me, instead I’ve surrendered some things to culture that God gave me to cultivate. Like for instance the internet is not the enemy’s but Christ’s, as all things are under His feet (1 Cor 15:27). As followers of Christ we must see it that way and subdue it.
There are two phrases from my childhood that the enemy uses to censor me.
1. Don’t talk about politics or religion.
2. If you’ll take care of you that will be a full time job.
Both of these statements are contrary to God’s word. Yet they are seeds planted in my heart by adults in my life (not my family) when I was just a child that are still springing up weeds in my heart weekly.
I say they are contrary to God’s word because He commanded us to reflect His image in the culture when He created us and Jesus commissioned us in Matthew 28:18-20 to confront culture to make disciples of all nations and to teach them to obey. He gave us these commands for our good and His glory. What better way to show love than to point someone to God?
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
There are ideologies rising up rapidly and creeping in to some of the places I hold near and dear. We’ve seen our nation decaying before our eyes over the last decade or more.
What are we to do about it? Sit back, surrender, and let the weeds take over the ground that we’ve been given? Or are we to walk out 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
I have a hunch if every true believer approached social media, school board meetings, innovation, the arts, church and city council meetings, conversations with neighbors, friends and family equipped with the Word of God to gently, but with authority, speak the truth, we’d begin to see change in our world.
I know I’ve shrunk back from my former boldness because it has cost me in the past and it stings. But is it worth it to sit on my my hands and leave behind a garden full of weeds when The Master Gardener calls me home?
I am also beginning to fervently pray for the men of my generation and the one I am raising to stand firm on God’s word with holy boldness, not compromising with the world, but holding fast to the truth that will set men free. We need an army of them.
Will you join me in praying for spiritual leaders to lead according to God’s Word?