Are you a life-giver? One of the very first commandments given to human kind was to be fruitful and multiply. We are designed to bear fruit, produce life, and that life is more than just physical children. God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth…” In fact, in Genesis 3:20 woman is given the name “Eve”. The name Eve comes from the Hebrew name חַוָּה (Chawwah), which was derived from the Hebrew word חוה (chawah) “to breathe” or the related word חיה (chayah) “to live”. The Amplified Bible places the phrase “life spring” next to her name and before the statement “because she was the mother of all living”. In Eve we see one of the characteristics of the Holy Spirit being displayed. In fact, when Jesus is talking to the woman at the well He states that when she encounters the “living waters” they will be like a well “springing up”. “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life John 4:14 (KJV).” Indeed she did drink of His living water and the result was a great many coming to believe on Jesus.
Although the account in Genesis can and does pertain to natural children we know through our studies of scripture (including those mentioned previously) that God often uses natural things to demonstrate and communicate spiritual principles (1Cor. 15:46). Consider the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13. After Jesus told the parable to the multitudes His disciples inquired about it’s meaning. They knew that Jesus was teaching farmers about the principles of farming. They knew how to farm. He was trying to use a common, everyday occurrence to open their eyes to the spiritual principles of the Gospel. His explanation starts in verse 18. In the end, it is clear that what matters to the master is fruit. In fact, fruit is a major theme throughout the gospels and even in many of the epistles. In John 15:16 Jesus says: “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
So, what does that mean to us the modern day believer and follower of Christ? How do we use this knowledge to inform and guide our lives? If we are to make His priorities our own then we must give special attention to fruit and make a purposeful, concerted effort to be a fruitful bride. We must not only be receivers of seed that bears fruit, but, like Eve; we must be a life-giving force. We must be the New Testament Eve: the “mother of all that is living”. Our word, actions, and dispositions must embody this well springing up to everlasting life.