When God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, He never intended them to leave. Instead, He wanted the garden to be spread over the earth. God wanted them to spread worldwide the character of the garden—God’s presence, light, and truth.
God said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). This was the overarching purpose for man’s dominion over the earth. Isaiah 11:9 says, “The earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”
God shares His authority with humans because they are His offspring. He didn’t create men and women to be servants, but to be sons and daughters who are wholeheartedly involved in running the family business. God has always wanted His children to help fulfill His purposes. Jesus told His disciples, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).
The Father wants to share His purposes with us. This means that He doesn’t want man to work for Him, but rather with Him. The Bible calls us “God’s fellow workers” (2 Corinthians 6:1) or “workers together with Him” (NKJV). In the original Greek, “fellow workers” means those who “cooperate,” who “help with,” who “work together.” We should think of humanity’s dominion as a joint purpose with God based on mutual love and the relationship of sons and daughters to their heavenly Father.
Father, I can call You Father because of Your love and Your creation of humanity as Your sons and daughters. Thank You for sharing Your dominion with us. In the name of Your Son Jesus, amen.
Thought: We should be working with God rather than for God.
Reading: Genesis 20–22; Matthew 6:19–34