Stewardship is an interesting concept and an important responsibility. It is one of the first commandments and revelations that were given to mankind on earth. God said in that day, to Adam and Eve while they were yet in the garden, to “[b]e 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.” (Gen. 1:28)
From this verse, we learn the first part of our stewardship is to first become obedient. God says to be “fruitful.” Good fruits and producing fruit, have to do with our obedience to the commandments of God. (Mat. 7:17) If you are not keeping His commandments, you are not producing good fruits but instead bad fruits, therefore you cannot be a good steward.
Secondly, we are told to “multiply” it is this second part of the first commandments spoken to our first parents in the garden that gives pause. We know that God created man and woman in His image, that the image of God, is man and woman (Gen 1:27). This is not just our physical likeness, or His, but also of His character and nature, and thus ours. This is revealed in this verse as well as other verses.
Additionally, we learn, that we are not to be lone stewards, but rather joint stewards. It is a shared responsibility. Man and woman, with God, are coequal. In the fullness of the sense, this was the relationship with Adam and Eve, before the fall. They enjoyed communion with God. It is something that must be sought after and embarked upon in this life and is the whole plan of the gospel of Jesus Christ, to redeem us from the fall and to again have communion with God.
These verses reveal to us His likeness, and not only that but also that of our relationship with Him. Adam and Eve were made in His image, and us theirs, but there is more. It also testifies of the kingdom of heaven itself. Else, what are we building here on earth, when we multiply, and produce families, if not the kingdom of heaven which consists of families who are obedient to the commandments of God, then what?
Those who are the followers of Christ and who are fruitful, in other words, those who are being obedient are His family and doing these things would make you a good and faithful steward.
The first is to learn to be obedient. That is the task before each of us, to learn obedience and to develop a humility and a desire to keep all of His commandments. This is good fruit, and fruit, worthy of salvation.
The second is to multiply, to become a family, to produce a family, to become His family. The third to fill the earth. The fourth commandment is to subdue, some often think this is to overcome, but I rather believe it is to bring order to things, to establish order or a pattern of obedience to the commandments of God. And the fifth to have dominion, to have or to rule as God would rule over all living things, to care for and nurture, to use with wisdom, prudence, and good judgment.
Back to the Third, to fill the earth, this part talks about the generations of Adam and Eve that would come after them, that are commanded to do likewise, to be a house, and a family of God. To be set in order, to the things of God, who are obedient, they are fruitful, they are worthy, these are they who keep the sayings of the Lord. If you do not keep His commandments, you are as salt, that has lost its savor, you are not His family, not His church, and can have no place in His kingdom (Matt 5:13). It’s as simple as that, choose this day who you will serve then do it. When you intentionally and deliberately break the commandments of God, you are worshiping Satan and give him power over you. When you are repenting and keeping the commandments of God, you are worshiping God and glorifying Him, and through the Blood of the Lamb you are cleansed and give Him the power to save you.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. Philippians 2:12-18 (KJV)
Be a good steward, keep His commandments, be fruitful, and repent, that every good thing may be yours. That all the peaceable things of immortal glory may be realized in its proper time and place.