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.” . . . The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 1:28; 2:15
Author Elyse Fitzpatrick refers to the above passage as The Creation Mandate. It is God’s basic instructions to Adam and Eve on how life should be lived in the Garden. His instructions? Be fruitful. Multiply. Fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish, the birds, and over every living thing. God then put man in the Garden and told him to work it.
Fitzpatrick points out there is one command missing that we would expect to see on this list. What is it? The command to worship God.
When we think of Heaven and eternity, our minds conjure up images of clouds, harps, and endless worship. Isn’t it interesting then that God didn’t command Adam and Eve to worship Him? Why is that? Fitzpatrick writes:
Because before sin entered the world, everything [Adam and Eve] did was worship. Naming animals, tending the trees, walking together in loving harmony, trying a new fruit, sleeping—everything was worship! It was only after [the Fall] that we had to be commanded to remember our Creator and give thanks. We’ve been so marred by sin that we can’t rule properly or remember to worship God. Rather than remembering to give thanks and worship the Lord, we habitually worship ourselves.
Sin has impacted every facet of our lives. As a result, we have to be reminded, even commanded, to worship God. Before the fall, God’s first command to mankind was to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). After the fall, the first of God’s Ten Commandments is to “have no other gods before [Him]” (Exodus 20:3). This speaks volumes to the extent of sin in our lives.
Christians, as our lives fall in step with the life of Christ, everything we do should be considered worship. The Apostle Paul writes, “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Worship shouldn’t be restricted to a one-hour block on Sunday mornings – rather, it should permeate everything we do.
Our relationships, our home lives, our alone time, our schoolwork, and even our jobs should be conducted in way that worships and brings glory to God.
Brothers and Sisters, let all of your life be lived in worship to God Almighty!