Do you often feel yourself replicating patterns in relationships? It happens a lot. I notice it in my own as well as other people's lives. What I mean by that is, we usually learn by following a pattern that is shown to us by those around us in our early years of childhood. It’s how we learn how to treat others, what to do in situations and relationships, and what not to do. These patterns we are taught can be negative, or positive… but there is one thing almost all of them have in common.
From a young age, we are taught to learn how to be independent. We learn to feed ourselves, dress ourselves, and take care of ourselves. Not soon after that, we learn to drive ourselves, so our parents don’t have to, ultimately we move out on our own. Eventually we will repeat the cycle with our own children. We are taught and trained from birth to depend upon our parents less and less, as we grow up and become more capable to take care of ourselves.
This pattern can easily become replicated in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, if we are not aware of it. Isn’t it funny? When we are born, and in those first few months of our life we are as dependent upon our parents as we'll ever be. But as life goes on, it is just a slow and continued separation from our parents. In an Earthly sense, that is a healthy relationship. You probably shouldn't rely on your parents to brush your teeth or support you until your 30, just saying, but on a more significant/eternal level…. It’s an awful pattern to adopt and live out.
“Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”
2 Corinthians 5:17
The term “born again”, means to become that new creation that 2 Corinthians talks about. That new creation that has been bought and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. If you have been born again, you have been given a new chance. A new chance to live out His love and righteousness, and a new chance to be totally dependent upon Him for every need you have. He has adopted you into His family, and so, that means that you have access to Him in a special way. You have the ability to call upon the name of The Lord, anytime and anywhere! But, recognize that He is not just a lord, or a god, or a father. He is The Lord, The True God, and Your Heavenly Father. Don’t allow that earthly pattern of separation enter into the most important relationship you will ever have. Enter into this relationship with Him in a fresh way this week, knowing that you belong to Him, cherished by Him, and are freed by Him.
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
Love you guys!