By J. B. Fagoyinbo
God blessed you for fruitfulness and multiplication “And God blessed them… Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…“ (Gen 1:28). This is the main reason for you wanting to lay your hands on what to do. Farmers plant crops and trees. Some plants bring forth fruits within 70 days and are due for harvest, some last several years before fruiting. Herbs, on the other hand, can be harvested for their leaves within 30 days. They are responding to God’s blessing too “God created … every living creature that moveth, …And God blessed them…” (Gen 1:21-22).
Education and advancing civilization have effectively changed the pattern of preparedness for life. Once upon a time you were matured for schooling when you could stretch your hand across your head to cover the ear on the opposite side; with your head held upright. Over time, a 6-year old could commence schooling. Today, the exigency of the situation forces parents to put their children into crèche at about 3 months of age; which school proprietors have now incorporated into the school system. The child advances from crèche through playgroup, kindergarten and nursery into the primary.
The foundations laid during these periods build up the child into adulthood. These foundations consist of parental instructions and guidance, teachers’ instructions and guidance, interactions with contemporaries; out-of-school premises’ interactions with school-bus drivers and caretakers, interactions with Sunday school teachers and contemporaries and interactions in the neighborhood and family guests.
But God has blessed you.
The effect of the blessing on you is your restlessness when unemployed. However, the fall has enabled Satan to distort your concept of life but the Holy Spirit in you makes you unwilling to be identified with wrong-doing: this explains why terrorists cover their faces. With the breath of God in you, the Holy Spirit becomes resident when you submit yourself to God through Christ “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life” (Job 33:4).
By declaring fruitfulness, God wanted you to grow in character, spirit, and heart; to become “abundantly productive”. God wanted you to use your time of singleness to grow in relationship with Him, to unite with Him, and become the temple of God preparing your heart for those significant other components of the blessing God prepared for you; This possibly explains why there was a time lag between the creation of Adam and Eve “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it… the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen 2:15-18). He wanted you to become like Him; “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect (Matt 5:48.). From an awareness of Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor 3:16), being fruitful means to be mature and ready to bear fruit which is possible through the perfection of your character by the grace granted in Him. And when you have reached this state of a trusting relationship with God and a mindset of living for the sake of another, not just for yourself, you are ready for the second great blessing from God: “Multiply”.
Notwithstanding parental efforts, you have a responsibility to pursue virtue “…Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child…” (1 Sam 2:18). Our Lord Jesus enjoined you “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt 5:16). For you to be able to handle this enjoinment you would have to “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph 6:11). As you continue in this spiritual journey I pray that “he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness” (2 Cor 9:10).