Friday, August 31, 2012

Tracing Your Spiritual Genealogy

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
Galatians 3:26-28 (NKJV)

There are some people who spend time researching their family history, their genealogy.  These people can go back quite a few years and tell you many stories about this or that ancestor.  Other people may not know a lot about their personal family history but they are very proud of their country of origin or their ethnic background.  Still others put a lot of confidence in their education, social standing, financial status, or their job.  While it can be interesting to learn about our family history and who our ancestors were, it is far better to trace our spiritual genealogy and get to know it better.

In Galatians 3:26-28 we are told that through faith in Jesus Christ we have become sons of God, God is now our heavenly Father.  Today we are God's children and that is the main aspect of who we and what we need to focus on.  No matter what earthly family we came from, good or bad, we can now easily trace our spiritual genealogy; the spiritual family that we are in is what really matters.  Paul says in Galatians 3:28 that for those in Christ, people who have received salvation through Jesus, there is no nationality, social standing, or gender that takes precedence over our spiritual position in Christ.

No one is able to choose the natural family that they were born into, but once we choose to receive salvation we are a part of God's family and we have become a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Because we are a new creation in Christ all of the old and former things that identified us are gone.  We need to find out who we are as a child of God and live our life based on that, not on who our natural relatives are but who are spiritual Father is.  Get to know who you are through God's Word and don't allow your natural past or present, good or bad, to be the thing you base your life on.

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