Be Fruitful – A Relational Mandate (The Fruit Series 06)

​And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (GEN 1:28 ESV) 

The blessing given to humanity was never intended as something that an individual could deliver on their own. The blessing is to ‘them’. Ever since fruit has been produced because of relational interactions. 

This is why the best way to block fruitfulness is to stymie relationships. Keep them on a superficial level, distract folks from investing in getting closer and deeper in a wide variety of ways. Allow previous experience to hang clouds of doubt over any potentially positive engagement in the present. Put masks on to avoid vulnerability and the threat of pain. Receive the view that the only one that can be trusted is yourself and ward others away. Resort to seeing people as a means to your ends and in as much as they are useful for those ends they have worth, but once they outlive their usefulness kick them to the kerb before moving on to the next benefactor. See self as the centre around which all should be submitted and have little in the way of lasting concern for the welfare of others. 

All the while as these are played out all that is ever produced is the rotting, corrupt remains of an existence barely worth celebrating as anything close to what could be described as a life. 

Fruit is a relational mandate, only ever experienced in the context of loving relationships full of those qualities that makes for great interactions because it’s that which flows from life that produces life. 

For His Name’s Sake 


C. L. J. Dryden 


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