In the story of creation God creates both creatures and humans. After seeing His creation, in both cases it says:
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth…” (Gen. 1:28)
Even after the “Kingdom of Earth” rebelled against Heaven resulting in the flood, God saved and blessed Noah and his sons with the same blessing as in the beginning:
“God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” (Gen. 9:1)
In our lives, God’s desire is for us to come to the place of “fruitfulness.” We associate fruitfulness with labor or “the work of our hands.” Sometimes we associate hard labor with “productivity” because we live in a fallen, corrupted world. But this “fruitfulness” is linked to God’s blessing resulting in the creation of something new. Our actions partner with God’s creative power to bring about something that brings joy and satisfaction.
It is interesting to note that when God chose Abraham, and destined that through his lineage would come the Messiah, there were significant problems with fertility, and without God’s intervention Abraham and Isaac would have no natural offspring. This is a symbol of the necessity of God’s intervention beyond the ability of our flesh when it comes to salvation.
“Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” (Gen. 2:15-16)
The work that God calls each one of us to is not a matter of “toil” which is the result of the curse of sin, but God places us where He has done the planting and we “tend” to what He has already done.
God has given each one of us the responsibility to “tend” to what He has placed in our care. Be faithful with whatever God has put in your care. “Tend” and “cultivate” the fruitfulness of your garden, so that when He comes, you can hear:
“His Lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.” (Matt. 25:21)
This article originally appeared on CBN Israel, July 7, 2017, and reposted with permission.