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Understanding dominion for a Christian is very important as it impacts on his walk with God. The Hebrew word for dominion is “Radah” which means “to manage or reign from the position of sovereignty. In its simplest form dominion is power, authority or control over something or someone. It is the ability to request or command and expect a fulfillment of that appeal. It means to rule and to be in charge. For Christians, dominion means that through Christ we possess the power to eternal promises of God. Understanding dominion is the assurance that you can do what God says you can do, possess what God says you can and become what God says you can be. God never intended for his people to live in defeat. In Christ, God has positioned us to advance his kingdom into every realm held captive by the enemy. We represent God's kingdom on earth and our mission is to establish a righteous paradigm. As believers in Christ we are God's agents in the world and he has given us power to influence everything we need to transform and cause the lost drawn to him for salvation.

This was God's original plan for mankind, Genesis 1: 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

John C. Maxwell makes five observations based on the above passage that clearly shows our God-given potential for influence. Firstly, being made in God's image means we were created to lead (v.26), “let them have dominion …” One way we reflect God's image in our lives is by leading. Secondly, God commanded both male and female to have dominion (v27). The emphasis here is that leadership is not gender specific. Both men and women have been given the ability and authority to lead and influence the world for God. Thirdly, we are to rule over the earth, but not necessarily over each other (v28). The order of God is not to rule each other, but over the earth's creatures. Fourthly, all of us are to serve one another in the areas of our influence and purpose (vv.29, 30). God created everything for a purpose. When we identify the areas over which God has given us to influence and commit to being agents of change in them, he avails the resources we need. Lastly, each person's leadership is best exercised in his or her area of giftedness (v.31). When we discover our gifts, we will naturally lead in those areas where we are most productive, intuitive, comfortable, influential, and satisfied.

Because we were created in the image and the likeness of God, we can imitate the creator in our creative words and actions. God has entrusted us with the sacred task of caring for his creation. We have a responsibility of preserving the environment in a state of cleanliness and beauty, a place where we can all experience God's perfect harmony.

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