We were created to multiply. It is a principle found throughout God’s Word. In Genesis 1:28, God told Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” Most of the time, we think of this principle in terms of having children, but the multiplication principle actually works for every aspect of our lives. Whatever we do will multiply – good, bad, or indifferent. Have you ever noticed how easy it is for cynicism and negativity to spread? A negative attitude about something can quickly jump from one person to the next. Have you ever been caught in a lie? Until the truth comes out, that lie will continue to grow. The lie will become more and more elaborate. You will have to tell more and more lies just to cover it up. It will continue to multiply until it destroys everything in its path. The same thing happens with any sin that is left unchecked. Hate can eventually grow into murder. Lust can quickly turn into adultery. Jealousy, laziness, pride, and any other sin will eventually lead to destruction if we don’t ask God for forgiveness and healing.
Thankfully, however, the multiplication principle works better for good things than it does for bad. If we do good it will quickly spread. Recently, over 900 cars took part in a pay it forward chain at a Dairy Queen in Minnesota. One car paid for the meal of the person behind them, and that act of kindness was replicated over 900 times. The same thing happens any time we exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. When we are loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled, those qualities are multiplied. The fruit is multiplied in our lives, and it is multiplied in the lives of those we come in contact with. So, think about what you are multiplying today. Are you multiplying bad things, or are you multiplying good, Godly, and fruitful things? After all, God did not tell Adam and Eve just to “multiply”, but he told them to “be fruitful and multiply.”