Saturday I returned home from a quick trip to the grocery store only to find that my 5-year-old and 6-year-old daughters had butchered their clothing. Yes, I literally mean butchered, as in cut them up! One was proudly wearing her creation, while the other tried to hide her unique designs. Of course they had to be immediately reprimanded because I couldn’t let them think that that type of behavior was ok. Thus, they were placed on a weekend punishment which excluded television, outside activities and anything else that we usually do for weekend fun. Shortly after I implemented the grounding, I was hit with a huge reality check. God reminded me that my children are JUST like me!
If we rewind to as early as 1998 or as late as 2003, you would find me on my bedroom floor, creating my latest outfit. I refused to dress like anyone else so I bought clothing with the intention of cutting it to my liking. I was a budding fashion designer before Project Runway ever hit the airwaves! As I quietly pondered how my creativity used to shine through my attire, I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself. I thought, “These are definitely my kids. They have my DNA.” Deoxyribonucleic acid, also known as DNA, is the acid that carries genetic information. Now this isn’t meant to be a science lesson, but anyone with your DNA carries your genes and is supposed to resemble you in some way. This may be physical resemblance, or in this case through characteristics and actions. If my little ole’ DNA has the power to affect the way my children act, how much more can God’s DNA impact our lives?
As God’s only begotten son, Jesus has grafted us into God’s family. Through the shedding of His blood, we became joint heirs with Christ. When we were washed in His blood, our old blood (sinful nature) was discarded. We received a blood transfusion with new blood which was blood of the lamb. They have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb and made them white. (Revelation 7:14 NLT) Receiving His blood gave us access to His father…who is now our Father. So yes, we have God’s DNA! So again, I ask how much is God’s DNA’s impacting our lives?
Does His DNA make you think like Him? Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5 KJV)
Has His DNA given you a walk similar to His? Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:6 ESV)
Do people say, “She acts just like her Daddy”? Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (Ephesians 5:1 ESV)
Do you love as hard as He loves? So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. (John 13:34 NLT)
Does His DNA motivate you to be a servant? Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (John 13:14-15 NIV)
Seriously think about it. Ask yourself, “What about my life screams that I have God’s DNA running through my veins?” My children have inherited my creativity and knack for designing things. What have you inherited from your Daddy that is beneficial to the up-building of His kingdom?
I am grateful for the kinship that I have with You as a result of Jesus’ shed blood. However, I am not happy just being related to You. I want my life to show that I am truly Your child and Your DNA runs thick through my body and soul. Please help me to imitate You in every area of my life. Each day my desire is to be more and more like You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to activate the DNA that’s lying dormant in your being. I EMPOWER you to look, act, talk, walk, love, serve and everything else just like your Father in heaven. Be such an imitator of Him that people look at you and say, “I KNOW whose child that is!”
How is your Daddy’s DNA exemplified in your life? Share with us in the comment section.
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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.