The AMI QT Devotionals for October 2-8 are provided by Doug Tritton. Doug, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, is currently serving as a staff at Symphony Church (Boston) while pursuing a M.Div. at Gordon Conwell Seminary. He is married to Cindy and they are proud parents of Audrey.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
“Be Fruitful and Multiply”
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.”
This command that God gave Noah (which is an echo of the command He gave to mankind upon creation) is called the “Creation Mandate.” Most of mankind had been wiped out by the flood, and so Noah and his family had the responsibility to repopulate the land. Though God commands Noah and mankind to do this, this command is really a sign of love. This is God giving mankind the opportunity to join with Him in creation.
I am a terrible painter—give me a brush, paint, and canvas and maybe I’ll make some “modern art” but, really, there won’t be anything intelligible on that canvas. But if I go to one of those paint nights where an instructor leads me in painting a picture, I can actually make something that looks almost good. By analogy, this Creation Mandate is an opportunity to create, though it really is God who is at work behind us all.
However, in the New Testament, the Creation Mandate changed. Rather than, “Be fruitful and multiply,” the command is now, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” We join in the work of God’s creation by making disciples of Jesus, people who are formed into a new creation, who will populate a New Heaven and New Earth. But again, it is God who at work through us—He is the true Creator. Let’s remember that God is still creating and we join in His creation by making disciples, by helping people to know there is a God who wants to transform them into a new creation.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for allowing us to join with You in the continuing act of creation. May we be faithful to this opportunity You have given us. But help us to remember that we do not do this on our own; rather, You are the One who is at work. So, Lord, this day, help us to go and make disciples, to join with You in populating your New Heaven and New Earth. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 57
Lunch Break Study
Read Matthew 28:28-20: And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Questions to Consider
- What does it mean that Jesus was given “all authority in heaven and on earth”?
- With this authority, what does Jesus command His disciples to do?
- What is Jesus’ comfort to us as we go about fulfilling this command?
- Jesus had just been resurrected after being murdered on the cross. This resurrection was Jesus’ victory, vindicating His message that the Kingdom of God had arrived. Having gone to the cross, thus fulfilling the mission of the Father, Jesus had now taken His place as the exalted King and, as King, all authority belonged to Him.
- Go and make disciples! Before the cross, Jesus had gone and made disciples, but now that His mission was complete, He gave a new mission to His disciples: to continue the work of making more disciples, and thus to prepare a people who belong to God.
- Jesus is with us! We do not go out alone, but we go out knowing that God is with us. The Spirit is at work in us, the Spirit that Jesus sent to us so that we could continue His work. So, we do not fear as we make disciples because God is the One working through us!
Before going to sleep tonight, ask God to bring to mind one or two people who you would love to see become disciples of Jesus. Ask God for help in reaching out to them and pray for God to move their hearts so that they may know Him.