Author: Mark Roberts

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.

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An Extraordinary Vision of Human Royalty

If, like me, you’ve been a Christian for a while, you might find the insights of Genesis 1:28 to be obvious. It’s easy for us to assume that the biblical understanding of human life is rather ordinary, shared by most people across the world throughout history.

The truth is strikingly different, however. Many philosophies and religious traditions do not value human life in the mode of Genesis 1

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Do We Have Permission to Junk Up the World?

When I was in college, I used to jog along the Charles River, a scenic waterway separating Cambridge from Boston, Massachusetts. The river was indeed wonderful to observe, but woe to anyone who happened to enter its waters. The Charles was so polluted with factory waste and other kinds of refuse that students were warned never to even wade in it. Should someone happen to fall in, that person was strongly exhorted to take a quick shower and get a tetanus shot (really!). Fish and birds who used the river failed to thrive and most died. It always seemed to me terribly sad that human beings had ruined such a gorgeous river.

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Fruitfulness and Jesus

How do we bear much fruit for the Lord?

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A Prayer for Mother’s Day

For the last several days, I’ve been reflecting on the imperative in Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful.”

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Literal Fruitfulness and the Body of Christ

Was I suggesting that people without children cannot experience the fruitfulness God intends for them?

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Further Reflections on Fruitfulness

According to Genesis 1, being fruitful in the literal sense, that is, making more people to fill the earth, is a central facet of human work.

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Reflections on Fruitfulness

Sexuality is part of God’s good creation.

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What Does It Mean to Be Fruitful?

Today, you and I have the opportunity and responsibility to use well the abilities God has given us so that we might help the world become what God intends it to be.

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You Were Made to Make a Difference

You and I were made to make a difference in the world around us.

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God Bless(ed) You!

God has blessed you in creation.

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The Image of God and Human Community

Each human being bears the image of God. This fundamental truth shapes our lives and relationships. It tells us that all human beings, including ourselves, have intrinsic worth and purpose.

Yet, as we pay close attention to Genesis 1:26-27, we see that God’s image is not revealed only through individual persons. The divine image is also seen in human community, especially the community represented by male and female.

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Working with Divine Image Bearers

I wonder what would happen in our work if we took seriously the fact that every human being is made in the image of God.

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Seeing All People in Light of God’s Image

For those of us who are familiar with the Judeo-Christian tradition, the notion of human beings bearing God’s image is a familiar one. We may not grasp the implications of this astounding truth and may not live it out consistently, but we are not surprised to hear that all human beings are made in God’s own image.

This would not be true for the original audience of Genesis 1. In fact, that which we take for granted would have been stunning to them, not to mention transformational.

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How Can I Be Like God?

In yesterday’s devotion, we began to consider the astounding truth that we are like God. God made human beings in God’s own image and likeness. Even though sin has tarnished that image, as we’ll see in Genesis 3, we still reflect and embody the divine image.

I mentioned yesterday that theologians differ considerably in their understanding of what God’s image actually entails. Some try to identify this image with certain human qualities, such as rationality or spirituality. Others see God’s image more holistically, represented by unified human beings.

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An Astounding Likeness

Have you ever been told that you’re like someone else, someone you admire and respect, someone you’d love to be like? I had that experience many times while growing up. My family and I were members of Hollywood Presbyterian Church, where my Uncle Don was one of the pastors. People in the church would tell me I looked like Don, sounded like Don, and acted like Don. I took that as a supreme compliment because I thought my Uncle Don was just about the coolest person in the world. The notion that I was like Don delighted me and encouraged me to aspire to live a fruitful life for the kingdom, just as Don was doing.

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