Don’t Do Multiplication. Rather, Be Fruitful & Multiply…

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April 15, 2014

Can you imagine what life would be like if you were at rest in a total paradise?  What if all the food you would need was readily there, and all your surroundings served as a lush and secure dwelling for you to fully live in?  What would your life be like if time was either inconsequential, or it served you instead?  I have a feeling that we’d be free to engage in some pretty monumental things!   

Things like being fruitful and multiplying.

If you remember back to the beginning of the story, you’ll remember that the Lord designed humanity (male and female) to exist in a paradise in which everything was provided for them.  The first family was simply given the task of relating to one another.  This would lead to multiplication as the Lord wanted.  Human beings are image bearers.  His chosen image bearers.  As you may know, He desires that the earth would be filled with His beautiful image.

If you’ll recall the story, you’ll remember that humanity (male & female) stumbled along the way.  They chose knowledge over life.  As a result, they were removed from that lush place where all they had to worry about was eating, intimately relating, and multiplying.  They now had a much harder life.

Now, let’s fast forward to Jesus’ day.  He had good news to bring of another kingdom.  Some of the things that He had to say about life in this kingdom sounded familiar. Things like “Don’t worry about what you’ll eat, or what you’ll wear, all of those things will be provided for you”.  Really?  That sounds like that garden paradise I read about.  Didn’t humanity (male & female) get kicked out of that place?

The good news is this.  Jesus said all of that was really written about Him.  The rich paradise where all humanity (male & female) had to worry about was intimately relating and multiplying was a picture of life in Him.  Everything in the natural realm is a shadow of a greater reality in the spiritual realm.  Just as the paradise garden was a picture of Christ, the first human family was also a picture of Christ’s body (church).  Natural human family is simply a shadow of the ultimate spiritual family.

In Christ, we can now get our old job back of being fruitful and multiplying.  

When Jesus showed up on the scene, He demonstrated this beautifully.  He lived by life, not knowledge.  He lived by His Father’s uncreated, indwelling life.  Because of this, He was fruitful. By fruit, I mean things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc… Just like natural fruit contains seeds, so too does the fruit of the Spirit.  As you know, seeds lead to reproduction.  When seeds are shared in the proper soil, reproduction happens naturally.  Humanity (male & female) in the garden was created to be a shadow of this greater reality.  

In the NEW kingdom, the proper soil for seeds to be shared and reproduction to occur is relationship.  We were created to know and be known.  Just like in the natural, this requires relating to one another (knowing) intimately.  Jesus demonstrated this with His life.  He had relationships, deep relationships, with many kinds of people.  Some of those people were socially acceptable to relate to, and many others were not.  He related to them nonetheless.  Thankfully, He lived to the beat of a different drummer than old humanity lived by. 

Because Jesus valued intimately knowing people (male & female), He spent time with them simply relating.  This was His priority.  This was His work, so to speak.  Sounds like the original job given to humanity (male & female) doesn’t it?  It looked irresponsible to those who lived by the old kingdom, however.  As you know, they criticized Him for living this way.  Jesus let us in on some of the accusations made against Him.  This is what He said:

“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’  “Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her CHILDREN”. (Luke 7:34-35, NASB, emphasis mine)

I LOVE the fact that He used the word children to point to what would eventually vindicate His new kingdom as superior to the old.  Intimacy and knowing lead to children (multiplication) not barrenness.  The religious mindset focused on duty and performance is one that leads to barrenness, not multiplication.  By multiplication, I am not talking about how many people show up once a week for our meetings and organized gatherings, I am talking about a family that lives in this NEW kingdom through divine relationships.  For true reproduction to happen, love and intimacy must be the fabric of those heavenly relationships.          

The house and city of God is birthed from the fruitful womb of a glorious woman.  Children are the evidence of intimacy.  Any attempt to build the house in another way will lead to emptiness and will not last.  I’d like to leave you with the words of a song written by Solomon many years ago.  They ring true still today:

“Unless the LORD builds the house, 
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.

How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate”. -Solomon (Psalm 127)

For His vindication,

Jamal Jivanjee 

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13 responses to Don’t Do Multiplication. Rather, Be Fruitful & Multiply…

  1. Recently I was afforded a great gift, it was to do ‘work’ with a few precious saints. Each day we worked in pairs, or as a group, and although this ‘work’ wasn’t seen it was clearly evident. There was building that took place, structure that will stand the tests of time, it was grand. In this ‘work’ we gained a greater understanding of Love & Life, we better understood that real ‘work’ comes from His rest. His rest is the Best!

    “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you [Jamal] are doing.”

    • Jamal Jivanjee April 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      That sounds like that was a very productive job assignment Jim. Thanks for reading, and for your encouragment:)

  2. Amen to what Jim said. Living free in this “garden” of life in Christ is so fruitful, but it is not easy. “Resting” is strangely hard work. The grip of fear in the world is very real, and I find that the opposition is constant, both from within and from without, to actually live this revelation out in everyday life. It is not just against us, but against the children.

    This passage comes to mind after reading your stunning post,

    Isa 55:1-2 “Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the waters! Also, you that have no money, come, buy, and eat! Come! Buy wine and milk without money and without price.

    Why spend your money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in rich food.

  3. Wow Jamal, your words ring so true to my heart. For many years I was taught by religion that the main purpose was to plant seeds of knowledge into the hearts of others ( if they only got doctrines and interpretations correct ,we would be fruitful , right ? ) But sadly All I saw and experienced from this tree was a type of artificial fruit that was talked about alot but It lacked life and only left me cold.
    Recently I had the privilege of experiencing Christ’s expression of fruitful love through others that filled my heart and it was a taste of pure joy !
    How very beautiful and joyful to see this kind of close and intimate love of Christ reproducing through us while we feast from the fruit of the tree that gives life and life more abundantly .

  4. kenneth dawson April 16, 2014 at 2:16 am

    that’s right it takes intercourse for reproduction–we take in his life into us and this gives us the chance to reproduce life in others when they take his life into them.and I don’t get embarrassed using that word–there is even a town in pa.named intercourse

  5. Wonderful post my brother. Yes, only life can beget life. And His life is ever-multiplying, bearing fruit, fruit that n turn sustains even more of His life in each of us. It is the life on the other side of the boat where all the nets in Galilee or the world cannot contain the fish caught. It is a life that can take the meager provisions of a little child and feed a multitude with them. Oh how it poured out of Him my brother, this life, this ever-flowing, ever replicating life. Even when they pierced Him, this life, the blood the water, it flowed out into the world. He is the One Pure Seed fitly planted by the Great Husbandman. Yet sadly, from the very beginning it seems, this nation has always chosen religious knowledge. Books. Seminars. Teaching Series, Phd’s, Thd’s – these can only simulate life and fruit, they can never beget life. Thank you my friend.

    • Jamal Jivanjee April 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      My pleasure Wayne. Thanks for reading and for sharing your comment. I loved the examples you used of the nets being cast on the ‘other side’ of the boat, and the food from the little child being multiplied to feed the multitudes. There is such hope in these examples. Also, I never thought about the ‘other side’ of the boat being a picture of the new kingdom. Thanks for sharing that Wayne.

  6. Jamal, this post is so rich. Thank you! I love how your words bring context and clarity to daily events in my life, inviting me to real life encounters and adventures with The Lord in very tangible ways. How beautiful it is that relationships are restored through this indwelling life and we can now relate (rest and eat in safety) with one another on a daily basis.

    What you shared about the work that was the priority for Jesus while here reminds me of someone I work with closely. The day is busy and there are many (many is an understatement here) things on the ‘to-do’ list, but what I love to see most of all is when he meets with someone just to connect or share… something that seemed dormant in him comes alive. In these moments, time and the to-do list are inconsequential, as you mentioned, because there is a relating to/with each person by the indwelling life within him. I often tell him that I wish he could do this every day all day because of the life I see in him during these times.

    This example is a daily reminder for me personally that we are meant to know and be known through relationship, as you said. Again, thank you for sharing. There is so much that speaks to my heart here. Much love, Nischelle

    • Jamal Jivanjee April 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Nischelle,

      Thank you for your comment. I am so glad this article could lead you to real life encounters and adventures with the Lord in a tangible way. Thanks also for sharing that example from someone you work with. I understand that all too well from my past. I’m convinved that the Lord keeps setting us free (a little at a time) from paradigms and mindsets that keep us from truly resting and eating with one another. Eventually, we will be totally free to eat & drink deeply from the well of our Lord that dwells within one another. To the degree that is able to occur is the degree that the Kingdom of God is able to be manifested in our midst. I’m so glad His kingdom is breaking into this realm now. I can’t wait, nor do I want to wait, until later:)

  7. Shelby Shock-Marsh April 26, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Jamal, i just love how you bring Kingdom truths to life. It is a beautiful gift & i feel privileged to receive from you. More & more i clearly see that it is relationships that matter most. As my perception is changing to His perception, the truth becomes clearer & makes me wonder why i never saw it before. You hit on so many great things that are becoming a reality in my life, LOVE when that happens. So exciting! PS i love you.

  8. Wow! This one was off the charts for me! Much to chew on. I can almost feel a shift taking place in my spirit man. You really have a way of waking things up in me and I so appreciate your gift.

    As a side note, I actually have the first verse of Psalm 127 in vinyl word art on my living room wall.

    Blessings

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