“May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you until you become a group of peoples.”
In Genesis 28, Isaac is sending Jacob out of Canaan with this blessing. He is leaving his homeland, his family, and what’s familiar, to strike out on his own. He is journeying to a new land, to find a wife and to build a new tribe of his own. Isaac speaks prophetically when he tells Jacob that God will muliply him until he became a group of people. God did just that, and the nation of Israel was born.
Is this your hope? That God would multiply you?
Or your organization? Your ministry? Your business?
That somehow you would become a “group” of peoples?
I’m sure the answer is Yes for most of us! Some of us are still plugging away on our own, just hoping God will connect us with the people or situations that will break things open and catapult us to new levels of success and influence. We’d give anything to have a “group” of peoples; of supporters, donors, volunteers, even clients or customers. What we are looking for is a community, a “tribe.” God is still building tribes today; putting people together for bigger, kingdom purposes. The tribes I’m talking about don’t live in tents in the desert.
According to Seth Godin in his book, Tribes:
“There are tribes everywhere now, inside and outside of organizations, in public and in private, in nonprofits, in classrooms, across the planet. Every one of these tribes is yearning for leadership and connection. This is an opportunity for you–an opportunity to find or assemple a tribe and lead it. The question isn’t, Is it possible for me to do that? Now, the questions is, Will I choose to do it?”
The opportunity is there.
It’s the opportunity to build something that has lasting value in people’s lives, and in God’s eyes.
It’s our chance to say, Yes I will choose to step out and find my tribe. And lead them.
“For when God made [His] promise to Abraham, He swore by Himself, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, Saying, Blessing I certainly will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you.” Hebrews 6:13-14
This promise is for us today. God still wants to multiply us and give us influence and opportunity on this earth. He wants to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others. As our tribes grow, the opportunity to be a blessing to others grows, too.