Look again at the story—when God gave us the earth, he gave us a mission. God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of the earth.”
Genesis 1:27, The Message
Notice the mission is a blessing, as anyone longing for a sense of purpose knows—give me something to do. Something important. The meaning of the passage goes way beyond farming and fisheries management (though they are noble callings). The spirit of the mission is this—we are God’s regents here on earth, sent here to bring his Kingdom in all the many ways his Kingdom needs to be brought. Oh, the thrill that comes when we begin to realize we have a role in this great Story; that there is something we must accomplish with our lives.