BIBLE READING: PSALM 115:16; GENESIS 13:14-17; EPHESIANS 1:17-23
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our Image, according to Our Likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His Own Image; in the Image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:26-28(NKJV)
The pride of every father is seeing his children grow up, take responsibility and eventually go off to start families of their own. This is the expected turn of events as they grow into maturity. They leave home and start their own families which are extensions of the original family. When this happens, they have the responsibility to care for, nurture, be accountable for and take charge of their new families. (Ps. 68:6)
In the same vein, when God made man and put him on Earth to have dominion over it, He was saying to man, “as My Son, take charge of this new family, nurture it, take care of it and be responsible for it as an extension of My Family up in Heaven.”
It’s like when a parent company opens up a branch office in another city: While the new office is subordinate to the parent office, it is still independent and the person or manager placed there has a responsibility to make sure that the branch office thrives and brings in profits the same way the main office does. This is the Dominion Mandate: “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the Works of Your Hands; You have put all things under his feet” Ps. 8:4-6(AMPC)
Heaven is the Parent Company where God is in charge while the Earth is the branch office. God has put us here to be an Extension of His Will here on Earth. We have a responsibility to turn in profits in His Name and make this branch office a reflection of the Main Office. “Your Kingdom come. Your Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”Matt. 6:10(NKJV)
Bearing this in mind then, in all we do, as we go about our daily activities, at work, at school, at our places of business and every where we find ourselves, we must remember that we have a mandate, a responsibility to take charge and make that place, God helping us, an Extension of God’s Kingdom here on Earth.
Lord, in all I do, please help me become an extension of Your Will and Your Purpose. May Your Kingdom come in me and through me in Jesus’ Name. Amen.