Words can’t explain the deluge of emotions that comes over you when you see your daughter walk across the stage of graduation! It’s as if an internal video automatically starts rolling in your mind. The day they were born, the first steps they took and so on. I wish I could say it gets easier, but the emotions just continue as time quickly goes down the road of life.
But, there’s nothing more awesome then to see your children who have your “DNA” begin the journey of life. Now that we’ve wiped the tears of emotions away let’s remember the reality of the process! Dirty diapers, screaming through the nights, acts of devilish fits, deceptive disobedience and last minute school projects after a long hard day at work. Wow! There is definitely work involved in the process
Don’t just sit on your blessed assurance but continue the journey of faith
of life. They will always be our children and have our “DNA” but without rolling up their sleeves and doing some work they will never develop into a successful reflection of their parents. They must learn how to be a functioning member of our household. Their “DNA” never changes but they are fashioned into a true reflection of who we are as they yield to our guidance.
Paul addresses in his letter to the Romans some of these issues of growing as a believer. (Rom. 7:21-25) They hadn’t been raised up under Jewish traditions yet they came to the new birth through Christ Jesus. He exhorts these gentiles, in Rom 12:1-2 that the process of life in the Kingdom of God goes on even after the new birth. We now have a new DNA and have become children of light instead of darkness. (Eph. 5:8) It’s like Jesus said to Nicodemus we have been “born again”(Jn. 3:3), and now have started a glorious journey as a believer in Jesus! We are now citizens of the household of God (Eph 2:19) through the finished work of Christ on the cross. (Col. 2:11-15) But that’s not all there’s more!
Paul Exhorts the believers in Rome not to just sit on their blessed assurance but to continue the journey of faith. He says in Rom 12:1-2, “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”. It is much like the prisoner that has been let out of prison. Though he is free from bondage and released from serving his penalty his mind can still make him maneuver as a criminal. Unfortunately, holding them back from becoming healthy members of their communities because they live and think as one behind bars.
Paul goes on to say in verse 2, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”. He is saying that even though we have been redeemed out of a life of bondage and now live in freedom through Christ, we must take the responsibility of being transformed by getting our thinking adjusted to our society, the kingdom of God.
Our children will become no more our children then when they were born, yet through the process of growth they become a better reflection of us. In this same manner, we as children of God have a responsibility to yield ourselves and bring into captivity our thoughts so that we can be transformed and be better discerning of our Heavenly Father’s purposes. Roll up your sleeves and get it done!