As the first inhabitants of the earth explored their new homeland they got in trouble with God.
They were exploring out East and decided to stay put. At a town hall meeting they voted to construct a brick and mortar city and tower to the heavens. “Let’s just settle down here,” they said. “Traveling’s expensive these days and hard work. We have all we need right here.” So they abandoned their “be-fruitful-and-multiply” spirit. The whole town thought it would be better to stay put.
Then they said, “Come, let us build
ourselves a city, with a tower that
reaches to the heavens, so that
we may make a name for ourselves;
otherwise we will be scattered over
the face of the whole earth.”
Staying put cost them big time. God scattered them all across the globe, like He wanted them to do in the first place. But, they thought they knew better than God.
Do we do the same thing–settle in? I’m not saying move. Do we find a comfortable place and stop moving forward, in our lives, our families or our ministries? Do we ever tell ourselves, “I’m doing enough”? Do we ever pull out of an obligation because we think someone else ought to do our job for awhile? Do we settle in and stop moving?
I don’t think that’s what God had in mind when he said, “Be fruitful and multiply”. I think He meant keep moving, keep doing ministry, don’t stop creating. Don’t stop multiplying. Not just multiplying kids, but multiplying talents and spiritual gifts and fruit.