Finding Purpose In The Father's Heart
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Genesis 1:27–28

27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

This is one of my favorite passages of scripture! People that know me chuckle when I say that because I tend to say that about whatever it is I am reading at the time. But there is much revelation about the heart of the Father in these two verses alone.

In the garden God gives the charge to Adam and Eve. He establishes purpose for His kids. The purpose He gave to His children didn’t fade with the “the fall” of mankind. He is still beckoning us to fulfill our destiny that was birthed in us through His breath at creation. Fill the earth! Subdue the earth! Rule over creation! This is God’s design.

We understand that we were given to the earth and the earth was given to us. We are designed to rule, to steward and to pastor creation. The very idea of rulership communicates the idea that decisions need to be made. Governance is needed when conflict exists. To properly rule, one must have the knowledge to discern between light and darkness, good and evil. Yet, in the garden, this fruit was strictly forbidden. It would seem that Adam and Eve were given a monumental task without the tools to perform it. But, God never gives you a task without training you how to perform it.

A primary trait of God’s training is trust. The issue is not in His ability to bring us where He needs us to be. The issue is in our patience to wait upon the process. Our tendency is to seek knowledge outside of intimacy. Intimacy is the result of a process of relating in close proximity over time. There are no shortcuts to true intimacy. When we look for shortcuts we shortchange relationship. Then relational bonds are broken. In this context we see that acquiring knowledge outside of relationship never bears good fruit. Acquiring knowledge outside of relationship leads to death.

Now we have the fruit of broken relationship. A relationship that we broke. Yet, we attribute the consequence of broken relationship to the nature of God instead of the natural result of our own decisions. Our theology becomes flawed because we have acquired knowledge and fashioned ideas outside of intimacy. From this we develop an orphan mindset. A stronghold. A system of logic that is based upon a lie we believe to be true. This becomes the gateway for the orphan spirit. But, tear down the stronghold and you demolish the gateway!

Theology solely as an academic pursuit often leads to religious disillusionment. Theology as a pursuit of the knowledge of Him who loves leads to wondrous clarity of vision and understanding. When we know the Father’s heart we begin to see the fullness of His purposes for us. We are not working to gain favor but we are working from a place of favor. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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