Living out a mandate


Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:28

This is where God asks us to take care of the world He gave us. This is no small potatoes. That means that we each have a mandate from God to look after that portion of God’s creation that we touch.

Today we live in a vast, complex, technologically specialized world, where our dominion has been broken down to the minutest parts. Your dominion or my dominion may seem of little consequence compared to the fish of the seas, the birds of the air and every living creature moving on the ground that Adam and Eve ruled over, but it is no less significant. Whatever you are responsible for in the world is to be considered your mandate from God, and vitally important to His eternal kingdom

We are here to have our eyes opened to the every day majesty of our existence. God’s will can be found in everything we do. Doing His will on earth as it is in heaven is not just a wishful part of a prayer He taught us, it is what we accomplish every day that gives our lives meaning. Doing the smallest thing as unto Him makes it a big thing in His eternal kingdom.

This is why our lives are important and why everyone counts, even those who think they don’t. One of those who has struggled with realizing this has written the following to the Catch, and I offer it to you as thanks especially to so many of you who have given in this last campaign so that our work might go on uninterrupted: “I am one of those isolated people that has been reached through the Catch. I enjoy what I read and it brings me hope that there is a possibility of a better tomorrow – something never there before. I wish that I could give you something every month for the many broken, down and out people out there just like me. I want to thank those who have been able to support [the Catch] because they helped you reach me through Christ. They helped me stay alive through a difficult time. Their gift matters more than they might realize. I say thanks to all of them.”

Think of it. We have a unique opportunity here. We have a safe place to connect which provides a heavenly perspective on an earthly existence – a place where meaning can be imparted and the value of every individual can be grasped without having to be anything but who we are.

Open your eyes, not only to the needs, but also to the provision to meet those needs in Christ.

This is life; this is what it’s supposed to be.

This is God loving you and me.            From the song “Dance” by John Fischer

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2 Responses to Living out a mandate

  1. David Leigh says:

    John want to wish you a Happy Birthday. First heard your music on a retreat in 1974 and been a member of the Catch for along time, Hope you have a great day today and God blesses your ministry greatly

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