In looking at a Christian’s DNA and asking the question “Who Do You Think You Are?”, we must first remember that we have committed ourselves to Christ. When we commit ourselves to follow Christ, we are “born again” and receive His nature as the scriptures say.
2 Corinthians 5:16 – 17 At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (NLT)
Your old life is gone. You have, in a sense, been genetically connected to a new blood line. You have the Holy Spirit in you.
Ezekiel 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. (NLT)
As a Christ-follower – You are a Glass, a container designed for a purpose as Ezekiel tells us where God places His love and heart into us. Just as God has placed his nature inside of us as we become Christians, we can also remove and add things from our own lives – from our own glass. What we place into that glass, into our lives, will affect everything we do as Christians.
2 Timothy 2: 20 – 21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. (NKJV)
Here in Timothy, we see that we are intended for use and work, preferably good use and good works. However, if we are to be used for good works, we must learn to control what we put into our glass and guard it diligently.
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Not too long ago, I suffered from an eye infection. Not only did it hurt, but I looked like a demon had taken over half of my face! The visit to the eye doctor was unpleasant, but I knew that the symptoms were temporary. At the same time, I struggled with other vision issues. I had a hard time seeing things in the distance, and I had to hold things close to my face to be able to read them. I just couldn’t see clearly which was very frustrating.
This reminded of the story of Jacob and Esau: twin boys, born to Rebekah, who had distinctly different temperaments. One of those boys suffered from a moment of short-sightedness and it affected his life forever.
Genesis 25: 27-34 As the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter. He was an outdoorsman, but Jacob had a quiet temperament, preferring to stay at home. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. 30 Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” (This is how Esau got his other name, Edom, which means “red.”) 31 “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.” 32 “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now? But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn. (NLT)
Esau’s actions are short-sighted. He forgets about his long-term promise in the face of an immediate, temporary need.
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