Mothers Multiply

May 06, 2024 · by Whitney Gothra

From the beginning, mothers were designed to multiply.

In Genesis, we find the first commandments and callings God placed on His image bearers.

When it was solely Adam, God called him to dress and keep the garden. (Genesis 2:15)

He was called to care for what God had already created.

But when God created Eve, He then looked at both of them and said “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). To “be fruitful” here in this text means to bear fruit, show fruitfulness, grow, increase; and to “multiply” is to become great, become many, become much, enlarge, increase, to be or to grow great.

In other words, Eve was the key to multiplication. The woman became the mother and led to increase.

When it was just Adam - when it was just man - He could care for and protect what God had given him. But when Eve stepped on to the scene - when He created woman - now they could grow. Now they could multiply.

Everything on earth, seen and unseen, had been created by God’s own Hands. But He had more than that in mind. His image bearer was incomplete because Adam alone could not create. He couldn’t conceive life.

So, inside of Eve, He created possibility. He created potential. He created a womb.

God formed the multiplier. Now, humanity is given a piece of God’s creative power. Can you even imagine? Adam had glimpsed the glory of God’s creation, yet now with Eve they can partake in creating. And not just any type of creation … LIFE.

Generations upon generations after Eve, it’s easy to take this multiplication potential and not see the full beauty inherent within.

A woman’s first act of motherhood is to take a combination of cells and multiply them. What was one becomes two becomes four becomes an entire new human.

Then she never stops multiplying. She takes a house and turns it into a home. She takes ingredients and turn them into meals. She takes everyday moments and turns them into magic for her family.

Her daily tasks of motherhood may seem mundane. Or at least that’s what the enemy would love us to believe. Diaper changing, nap time rocking, snack preparing, clothes washing, floor sweeping, boo-boo kissing. The mundane multiplies. Over the course of a childhood, how many lunches does one mother prepare? How many tears does one mother wipe?

A mother keeps repeating the same acts of faithfulness in a seemingly never-ending multiplication equation.

Dear mama, do not grow weary in your multiplying. You were designed to make the small become great. Your daily small and big tasks of service are becoming a foundation for your family to dig roots into and spring up branches upon. The atmosphere of love and worship you create in your home is spilling out into your children’s language and mannerisms. The values you’re pouring into your interactions are seeping into the bones and marrow of those you’re mothering.

Little is become much when God is in it. Each faithful act of love has a ripple effect, the dividends only to be fully evident in eternity.

Mothers were designed to multiply.

Whitney Gothra

About Whitney Gothra

Whitney Gothra and her husband Timothy have been married for around fifteen years, and they have three sweet and spicy girls, Ruby, Selah, and Marigold. They pastor the Apostolic Church of Wabash in Wabash, Indiana. You can connect with her on Instagram @theflourishstudio or online at whitneygothra.com.