Here is the devotional:
There is no shortage of DNA tests on the market that promise to tell us about our family history and genetic makeup. They reinforce a universal truth: like it or not, all our physical traits come to us from our parents. And, the older we get, the more we realize that many of our personality traits come from them, too.
Maybe you love this. Maybe it annoys you a little. Maybe it absolutely devastates you.
Maybe the last thing you want is your family of origin’s blood coursing through your veins.
Scripture speaks to our family trees in a powerfully hopeful way. It promises us a better family tree – an eternal family tree. John 1:12 tells us that Jesus gives the right to become children of God to those who believe in His Name. He offers us a new family tree, and the opportunity to be born of God, alive with new spiritual DNA. How did he accomplish this task? By another tree—the cross.
Jesus came to die, sacrificially. He traded places with us. The sinless Son of God bore our sin and died our death so that we could become sons and daughters of the Most High. The perfect Son of God was abandoned and rejected, so that you and I would never have to be. We will never be forsaken, because Jesus was forsaken in our place.
By his death on a tree, Jesus grafted us into a new family – the family of God. By his resurrection, he robbed death of its power over those who belong to this family. In his family, we all live under the waterfall of our Father’s blessing. As His sons and daughters, we live in these realities!
• We’ll never outgrow God’s care.
• We’ll never exhaust God’s love.
• We’ll never outrun God’s reach.
• We’ll never slip through God’s fingers.
• Every day we’ll wake up to God’s new mercies.
• God will meet all our needs.
In Christ, you are chosen, loved, prized, wanted, and believed in by God – your Perfect Father.
Here are the scriptures referenced:
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Romans 8:14-16 KJV
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Luke 11:11-13 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
I’m sure many of us wish we had different DNA. Within that DNA of our parents there is also DNA from every past generation. And with that comes some hereditary things many of us wish would not be passed down. Cancer, heart disease, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and muscular dystrophy just to name a few.
There are also certain characteristics that we get from our parents as well. Some are good and some are not so good.
There is also that generational curse thang that no one talks about anymore. But it’s real. And it can be broken!
We get our physical attributes from our parents as well. Some folks look like their dad, some like their mother and some actually look like both. Not much we can do about that one.
But for some upon asking Jesus Christ into their heart and being adopted in the family of God have their hereditary illness healed. I said some, mind you. I mean you will be healed it just might not be in your earthly form.
God in his love for us has given us an opportunity of a lifetime. To accept what Jesus did for us on the cross and be grafted into his family as his sons and daughters. And with that heirship comes a rebirth with spiritual DNA, a Heavenly Father that loves us more than we could ever love ourselves, forgiveness for past mistakes, freedom from the chains of sin, and the chance to change some of our character flaws.
I say chance because God is not going to wave his finger and your flaws magically disappear. NO! You must choose to change those as you strive to be more like Jesus.
You want grace and mercy felt in your life? Choose to change! Don’t change for your spouse, work or anything else for that matter. If you change for them more than likely you will revert right back to your old ways once trust is earned.
Change for God and your walk with him! Your willingness to change for God could just bring about a change in those around you as well. Because your change will be sincere and for the right reason…your own sanctification.
Honestly there is not a lot I could have added to the authors words that would have made it any better. Their words were salvation in a nutshell.