And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” – Genesis 1:28
To have dominion over something means to control or to rule and reign over and each of us has areas in our lives were we have dominion. This is would be your kingdom, which Dallas Willard says is the range of your effective will.
So, where do you use your dominion, where is your kingdom? For most of us, this would be our homes, but it can also be your place of work, your school, your neighborhood, your church, and even your favorite coffee shop. These are just some of the places that you have dominion. But the question that has to be asked and answered is how do you use your dominion?
You see, most of us have the capacity for good and evil in our lives and as Aleksandr Solzhenitsy writes, “the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” So, in your kingdom how are you using your dominion? For good or evil? Friends, evil doesn’t have to be causing physical harm to another person. It can also be emotional or mental harm as well. Are you gossiping about another person, are you telling lies, are you having inappropriate relationships, are you turning the other cheek to a wrong that is being done to somebody else. Are you using your dominion for evil? Or, are you using you dominion for good by forgiving, by encouraging, by sacrificing, or by standing up for someone who is facing evil?
This week, how will you exercise your dominion? Will you live selfishly or selflessly? Will you practice cruelty or kindness? Will you be part of darkness or part of light? Will you hate or will you love?