The Fruit of Today’s Family Is God’s Provision for Tomorrow
The Genesis Commission’s imperative to procreate goes against much of the advice you hear these days. Yet the answers to the most pressing problems we see today can be found in the womb.
“God blessed them and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply…” – Genesis 1:28 (TLV)
There’s many good reasons to heed the call to be fruitful.
Children bring joy. Children can bring a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Children’s innocence can remind us of what’s most important in life.
But fear can turn our love of children into an irrational revulsion of the reproductive miracle.
But when fears of things like economic hardship, overpopulation, climate change, modern day violence, and others creep into our hearts, we turn cold towards the idea of having more children… or of having children at all.
The stark terror in a statement by Roger Martin, Chair of the NGO Population Matters, shows just how extreme the fear of procreation can be…
The 7 Billion Day is a sobering reminder of our planet’s predicament. We are increasing by 10,000 an hour. The median UN forecast is 9.3 billion by 2050, but the range varies by 2.5 billion — the total world population in 1950 — depending on how we work it out.
Every additional person needs food, water and energy, and produces more waste and pollution, so ratchets up our total impact on the planet, and ratchets down everyone else’s share — the rich far more than the poor. By definition, total impact and consumption are worked out by measuring the average per person multiplied by the number of people. Thus all environmental (and many economic and social) problems are easier to solve with fewer people, and ultimately impossible with ever more.
Take a closer look at this statement and you’ll see two looming fears:
- More people means fewer resources, and
- More people means increased difficulty in solving current social problems.
While at first glance, these arguments seem unassailable, they’re not necessarily true. Let’s break them down in the light of God’s Word and straight up good thinking.
Having more children will not mean less resources because the universe is not a zero-sum system.
God created the universe with limitless potential for growth, restoration, and reproduction. Right before we arrive at the Genesis Commission in Genesis 1:27-28, we see how God created a planet not only rich in natural resources, but with an ability to renew these resources for the benefit of mankind.
Water is renewed though the water cycle, known to scientists as the hydrologic cycle.
“For He draws up the drops of water; they distill rain into its mist, which the clouds pour down and shower mankind abundantly.” – Job 36:27-28 (TLV)
Food is being renewed in never-before-seen quantities (yes, even organic agricultural methods have seen promising breakthroughs in growth production through methods such as hydroponics) through modern agriculture.
Then God said, “Let the land sprout grass, green plants yielding seed, fruit trees making fruit, each according to its species with seed in it, upon the land.” And it happened so. – Genesis 1:11 (TLV)
And, of course, the delicious meat that we enjoy is also part of a renewable source.
Then God blessed them by saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the water in the seas. Let the flying creatures multiply on the land.” – Genesis 1:22 (TLV)
Then God said, “Let the land bring forth living creatures according to their species—livestock, crawling creatures and wild animals, according to their species.” And it happened so. – Genesis 1:24 (TLV)
Even money is a renewable resource.
New wealth is created everyday as humans, endowed by God with amazing gifts, bring more value to the marketplace and create new opportunities for more people to enjoy a good life.
Rather you are to remember Adonai your God, for it is He who gives you power to make wealth, in order to establish His covenant that He swore to your fathers—as it is this day. – Deuteronomy 8:18 (TLV)
The natural abundance of this beautiful world is only limited by mankind’s ignorance of how to steward the Creation… and his greed.
As man develops new ways to cultivate the earth and steward its precious resources, we’ll see more renewable forms of energy, food production, and other resources come to the forefront.
Which brings up the question – who’s going to come up with these advancements in agriculture and science so that there can be more renewable resources?
That can only come from the generations to come. From those who have yet to be born.
Having more children will not make society’s problems more difficult because they are the future’s great problem solvers.
If we wish to steward our Earth’s resources better… if we desire to come up with ways to harness renewable energy sources… than we must be open to having more children.
Today’s children are the ones who will grow up to be tomorrow’s engineers, scientists, explorers, chemists, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, scientific researchers, preachers, and philosophers.
By closing our wombs we are closing the door to the ones who can solve the greatest challenges we face today. By saying “No” to more children, we are saying “No” to God’s answer to our prayers.
The mother’s body isn’t a baby factory – it’s God’s workshop where He handcrafts the answer to mankind’s most urgent prayers.
The fruit of the womb today is God’s provision for tomorrow.
With each child, He is sending to the planet agents of change that can make this place a little more like heaven everyday.
Indeed, the greatest prayer God is answering by giving you more children is the one Yeshua (Jesus) taught us to pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Sanctified be Your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
– Matthew 6:9-10 (TLV)
Your children – or the ones you’ve been called to raise – are God’s greatest answer to mankind’s fervent prayers.
So be fruitful, and multiply.