We begin life cocooned within the walls of our mother’s womb–placed within by Holy hands. Hands that lovingly mold and sculpt, forming every intricate detail of our being, equipping us in every way to live out the story He wrote for us before the world began. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16.
Why would we choose to write our own story instead of the one wrote by the Creator of the heavens and the earth? It’s simple…really and goes all the way back to the garden, rather than obey God, we choose to write our own story–do it our own way. Just as Adam and Eve choose to disobey God we who inherited their sin nature, too choose, to do it our way. When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:6-7.
We entered this sin-soaked world; innocent of what this broken world would unfurl, but with our sinful nature fully intact. A miniature of our parents, beautifully crafted–the tiniest fingers and toes, skin smooth as silk, and a small, round head soft to the touch. Some of us are placed within waiting…expecting…loving arms. Others in arms where they were not wanted. The rest fall somewhere between loving embrace and turbulent seas. However, there is one common thread that runs through all of us and that is that we are all given to imperfect parents or caregivers (each with their own set of flaws). Baggage…their own sin nature…broken.
Yes, broken, just like that little individual nestled in their arms. The only difference between the two is the size of the luggage that they carry.
Although, it is most unlikely that anyone wishes to pass their baggage on to the next generation, but the truth is they do–it’s inescapable. Their baggage entangles with our own and it becomes a knotted mess–polluting our souls further. A vicious cycle that appears to never end.
When all appears desperate where do we find hope? There’s only one answer and it’s really quite simple…CHRIST! For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:15.
Because of our sin nature, we came into this world separated from God. Therefore, He created a bridge that would bring us back into right standing with our Heavenly Father. That bridge was Jesus, our Savior…dying on a cross. He took the punishment that should have been ours and replaced it with everlasting life. Jesus bridged the gap between us and a Holy God. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16.
Grace…amazing grace! A free gift–undeserved–yet given freely. That’s how much we are loved by the one who held us in His hands and crafted us into existence. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1.
Oh, but we do not stop here! We must go out into this dark, sin-soaked world and be the salt and the light to the lost–be the hands and feet of Jesus–show Christ to the world. Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, perfect, and pleasing will. Romans 12:1.
And we are to be transformed into the image of God. The only way we can become like God is to know Him…really know Him. We should become like a sponge, saturating ourselves in His Word. Reading, studying, and meditating on the Bible. Memorize scripture–hide it in our hearts. Pray…talk to the one who gave us eternal life. Praise, worship, and love Jesus for the wonderful Redeemer He is! When we are fully saturated with our Savior, perhaps then, we will begin to drip Jesus to a lost…broken…and hurting world.
Jesus was willing to die so that we might have life abundant; shouldn’t we be willing to share the good news with the world?
Count Blessings, Kasey