"The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God." – Genesis 17:8
“And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”
On the sixth day of creation, the diversity of God’s imagination sprung forth from the land. Land animals poured out of the very ground as he said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds.” What a sight that must’ve been as animals of every size, shape, and color came roaring, stomping, and crawling into the light of His Eternal Glory. There’s no doubt that it was a sight to behold.
There’s a principle in this act of creation that carries over to our lives as Christians; it’s a principle that is on full display here, in this passage. God created life to beget life “according to its kind.” His creatures were made to procreate; to produce little versions of themselves. It’s a beautiful, yet fundamental, truth that’s apparent in all of God’s living creation. Humans reproduce humans. Dogs reproduce dogs. And, spiritually speaking, Christians reproduce Christians.
When Jesus left the disciples standing around after his ascension, his hope was not that they would remain in Jerusalem, leading quiet and unassuming lives. His desire was that they would “be witnesses unto [Him] both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Jesus wanted followers who were not satisfied with mediocrity. His hope was that His people would not simply fade into the background of life. Instead, he called Peters and Pauls that would take His Word and see more Peters and Pauls raised up. Just as his disciples had been “born again” and now lived according to the Spirit, he was “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” He wanted to see more disciples born in His Image and according to His kind.
In his first epistle, John writes, “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” John wrote so that others might come into fellowship with God; and not any cheap imitation but real, quality fellowship with our Almighty Creator. In fact, later, he wrote that his greatest joy was knowing that his “children walk in truth.” He was speaking of those Christians he had seen saved and discipled. Do we have this same attitude? Are we living in such a way that our lives, our witness, will beget Christians according to Christ’s kind? Is our greatest joy found in seeing the Truth of God reign in a person’s life? Are we earnestly seeking to see Christ borne out in our own lives and those around us? May we seek Him and Him alone.