Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [a]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Having and ‘using what one has’ are two distinct concepts that have sadly been merged in a way that has produced a combination where having alone is considered enough. The key realisation from today’s text on dominion is relative to the analogy above: ‘Having dominion is actually different from exercising dominion’.
After been given dominion, Adam proceeded to name all things placed under that dominion, this was all of creation. What he showed us was the fact that dominion required more than ‘having’, it had to be exercised.
What also stands out is the use of the plural in this statement ‘let them have dominion’. Thus, God was not speaking to the single individual, but to all of humankind- that includes you and me.
However, it appears many have settled comfortably for ‘having dominion’ hence, it is the only dimension that seems to have permeated the depths of our understanding. Beloved, for the things intended to be dominated, this is actually good news; but for those of us meant to have dominion, that represents a loss of advantage. And that is not where we ought to be.