Reconnecting the Umbilical Cord
Babies have an attachment to their mothers in the womb without which they cannot survive of grow. It’s called an umbilical cord. At birth the cord is cut because the baby has to learn to live an independent life from its mother.
The parents’ role is to raise that child to mature self-reliant and independent adulthood. No parent would like to have an adult offspring around their necks into old age.
In the spiritual realm God has reversed the process of “growing up”. As children of God we have to learn to live in union with Him. It takes Him a lifetime to teach us to live in dependence on Him because our natural bent is towards self-reliance and independence.
Like the umbilical cord which provides the growing foetus with oxygen and nutrients and removes the waste products from its body, so the Holy Spirit is the link between us and the Father, applying the truth about Jesus to our hearts to nourish our spirits and the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from all sin.
Once again, Jesus is our model. As a perfect son He lived in union with the Father and in submission and obedience to Him. He understood Satan’s tactic and modus operandi to disturb His union with the Father so that He would act independently from Him. Jesus never fell for his deception because He was committed to His submission to the Father. He spent much time in fellowship with the Father and could claim that He always pleased the Father.
Jesus also lived in intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit who was with Him throughout His human life from His conception to His resurrection.
The same Spirit who was with Jesus is in us, leading us into truth, teaching us about Jesus and applying the word to our hearts that we may mature in holiness. He is like a spiritual “umbilical cord”, joining us to Jesus and enabling us to live in union with Him.
Jesus called a little child and used him to teach His disciples about helpless and dependence. Like a branch in the vine, we can only bear fruit if we are intimately connected to Him. Sever the branch and we die. The more dependent we are, the more we mature and the more like the Son we become.
Part of our learning process as sons and daughters of God is to reconnect with Jesus through the Holy Spirit so that we can be nourished and cleansed, and so that we can take as much delight in doing God’s will as Jesus did (Psa. 40: 6-8)
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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