GROWING UP GOD’S WAY
I loved my work as a midwife in the maternity ward. What an exciting moment when a new little life came into the world! Its first hearty cry was like music in my ears. It had oxygen in its lungs and was ready to live an independent life from its mother.
From the moment of conception until the time when the umbilical cord was severed, the baby was completely dependent on its mother for life. If anything interfered with the flow of blood from the mother to the baby in the womb, it would die even though it was in a safe place inside its mother.
Children grow up in the home where wise parents train them to be independent. One day they will leave home and will have to put into practice what they learned from their parents. Whether they grow up to be responsible adults or not will depend on how well they learned their lessons.
In our spiritual “growing up” however, things work the other way around. We are born spiritually severed and cut off from God. We want to do things our way. We want to make and live by our own rules. Even when we make a mess of our lives, we still find it difficult to own up and recognise that we can’t make it on our own.
When we come to Jesus, however, and admit that we are helpless without Him, it’s like reconnecting the “umbilical cord” to our life source. Just as it takes a child many years to learn to live responsibly independent lives so that he can make it in the world, so it takes God’s children a lifetime to learn how to live connected to Him. Our natural independence has to be unlearned.
Paul quoted from a Cretan poet, Epimenides (c. 600 BC) in his Cretica who inadvertently made a profound and true statement about us:
‘In Him we live and move and have our being.’ (Acts 17: 28a)
I wonder whether he knew what he was saying!
He captured in his poem what Paul said over and over when he spoke about our being “in Christ”. We are in Christ like a baby in its mother’s womb, connected to Him by the umbilical cord of the Holy Spirit and drawing our very life from Him. Jesus said that apart from Him we can do nothing.
He want us to live connected to Him so that we draw from Him everything we need to live godly lives. Instead of our useless struggling, Jesus said, “Come to me and I will give you rest.”
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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