July 30, 2018Creative Writing
A few days ago I was at Panera Bread with Bob. I was noticing how almost all of the tables were dirty and there was literally trash on the floor. It was hard to eat when it was so dirty. I was complaining to Bob about how no one was cleaning it up. Then, I went to use the bathroom, and toilet paper was all over the floor. The Father spoke to my heart and said, “To take dominion in the Earth, you have to help clean it up.” I didn’t want to clean the bathroom but I ended up doing it.
This goes deeper than just the bathroom at Panera Bread. It means if we are going to take dominion, we are to invest in those around us. Not just in church but wherever we come in contact with people. Speak life into them. Ask the Father what He sees in them and share it with them. Help them in any way you can. Allow your heart to be open to whatever the Father desires for you to do, say or pray.
Sometimes we think praying for people is investment, and it totally is. But I think He also pulls at our hearts to speak into people’s lives. All of this helps clean up the Earth. It is our responsibility as His sons and daughters. He so longs for us to realize we are the ones who will be Jesus to so many. They will see Him through us! All of creation longs for us to do this.
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 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: 27-28)
I looked up what subdue means in that passage:
Blue Letter Bible definition: subject, subdue, force, keep under, bring into bondage
Now reading this it sounds so negative and forceful. But if we subdue sin, it can be turned around to bring life. If we bring love into the world, it subdues hate. If we bring peace, it subdues turmoil and anxiety. If we bring encouragement, it subdues depression and discouragement. If we bring the word of life, it subdues death.
Dominion over: Rule, dominate, tear down, scrape out
These words speak so loudly to me that we are to intentionally bring who He is to this Earth, not in a passive way, but with confidence and boldness. To bring life and to tear down the lies of death that capture so many. If we don’t do our part, we are walking in disobedience and not bringing Jesus to so many. This was said way back in Genesis. This is definitely something that isn’t finished yet.
Why do we go about our lives each day in such a routine, in an almost robotic lifestyle? Let’s break through the false ideal of life that we have put together in our minds, of what this life should look like, and step out of our comfort zones to bring His love and life to this Earth!
As I was driving home from time with a friend recently, I saw that most of the church is in a bubble, so absorbed by themselves. We are self-consuming. We walk around with tunnel vision, going about our business and being all about what we think is church. But if we can look past the tunnel vision, break through it, and look to the other side of that tunnel—to the hearts that put on a facade of I am ok, I am comfortable in this world just the way it is, to their hearts crying out for Jesus and His love and freedom. This will bring a break through, a cleaning up and taking dominion. Not to control, but to bring love which conquers all.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away… (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
This is taking dominion Jesus’ way. Do you see it? It is so strong on my heart.
Love you guys,