This is the 7th post in the Educating in the Image of God blog series.
We all exercise dominion. It is one of the great attributes that we inherit by virtue of being created in the image of God. What is unique about this attribute is that it is not just inherited, we are commanded to use this attribute correctly.
“Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” – Genesis 1:28.
We will all always try to exercise dominion over things. When Cain was expelled and sent into the land of Nod, he realized that he was cut off from God and was a fugitive. So, he built a city to give himself a sense of importance and security. Cain was exercising dominion in that situation. However, we often neglect this attribute in the education of children. Often, we spend our energy teaching students not to exercise dominion. We try to squelch the desire and innate tendency to exercise dominion in our homes and classrooms. Unfortunately, a child’s desire to exercise dominion does not disappear, but rather appears in the form of apathy. A child who is not taught to exercise dominion appropriately will inevitably exercise dominion inappropriately.
We are born fallen, that means we must be instructed in righteousness. Scripture tells us to train our children in the way they should go. We are image bearers of God and that includes the innate ability to exercise dominion. Our children should be taught how to use that innate ability to follow and serve God. If this attribute is neglected, children will inevitably use it to serve themselves.