Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” – Genesis 1:26-28
To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” – Genesis 3:16-19
Last week, we introduced the work the Lord led us to at Tony Wear – to “infuse Kingdom DNA” into the company’s business strategy, products, and operating culture and bringing about a greater reflection of Christ’s likeness. In the week of pondering on this topic, the Holy Spirit granted us a deeper insight on “Kingdom DNA”. From that, I would like to briefly pause on the Tony Wear story this week and share on the concept of “activating Kingdom DNA”.
When God created Adam & Eve in His image, He imparted them a DNA that reflected Christ’s likeness. In addition, God infused into Eden a Kingdom “seed” or “DNA” encoded with the full potential to be fruitful and multiply. “Equipped” with their DNA, Adam & Eve served God in Eden’s “market place” environment – to carry out value creation and expansion – to govern with the most awesome creativity, productivity, righteousness, justice, love, wisdom, celebration, honor, splendor, glory…everything that reflects the likeness of Jesus.
When Adam & Eve chose the path of disobedience, the functioning of that “Kingdom DNA” changed. Pain and toil became part of the “fruitfulness” & “multiplication”. Productivity in the “market place” became impaired. Sin inhibited the “Kingdom DNA” such that Adam & Eve’s ability to drive Christ’s Kingdom agenda (1:28 Agenda) and reflect His likeness became severely hampered. This condition, like genetics, passed onto Adam & Eve’s subsequent generations and their market places – including ours.
The study of genetics has shown that we seem to use only a small portion of our DNA. The rest “unused” portion is termed “junk DNA”. Depending on how one defines junk DNA, it can comprise 80%-95% of our genetic code. We either do not understand the function of junk DNA or, for some reason, they have been inhibited. It seems that God may have embedded us with a greater potential than our bodies actually manifest. Junk DNA offers quite an interesting parallel of how sin has affected our “Kingdom DNA”. It can be said that sin brought about “junk Kingdom DNA”, hampering our productivity in the market place and inhibiting our ability to reflect Christ’s likeness.
All people are created in God’s image and already carry “Kingdom DNA”. Christ’s sacrifice opened the way to restoring the “junk” portion – to reactivate the Kingdom genetics that were inhibited by the Fall. Contrary to what we put forth last week, we do not have to infuse “Kingdom DNA” into the market place. We just need to activate what God has already infused during creation.
This means that ministering to the market place is to activate its “Kingdom DNA”, to unlock the “genetics” in people and companies that manifest a greater likeness of Christ in their value creation. God is calling a generation of market place teachers & pastors, a different class of Kingdom consultants, to do just that. Next week, we will share on how our Tony Wear experience helped us see this role of a market place pastor – one that can activate a company’s “Kingdom DNA”.
Market Place Prayer
May the Lord raise up market place leaders and ministers to activate “Kingdom DNA” in companies like Tony Wear, to transform them into a greater likeness of Christ, and to be a witness to the end of the earth.