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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Who do you think you are?

That's an interesting question especially when followed by the question: "Who are you?"

My family and I stumbled on a portion of that show a few months ago. An actress went on a journey to discover who her ancestors were. At the end when she shared her findings with her mother, she was happy for her and made a statement worth pondering and acting on:
 "The most important thing about our history is what we learn from it."

So who do you think or, better still, know you are?

A lot of us may not be able to relate with that actress who didn't know who her ancestors or or even by those who do not know who their parents are or who one of their parents were. I remember watching an almost frightening movie several years ago - can't even remember the title. Well, the gist of the movie was that two women had their babies in the same remote hospital and the hospital staff unintentionally switched the babies. (The title of the movie may have been as obvious as "Switched at Birth" - not 100% sure.) Well, one family was really wealthy and the other wasn't, so you can only imagine how the not so wealthy family's child turned out to be sickly and very unlike their other children.

The couple were simply puzzled - where did those genes, or even that child come from? They ran tests and found out that they were not related at all. Then it all made sense and they went out to search for their child... I'll stop there on this movie for two reasons -
  1. Not to spoil it for you by telling you the end in case you want to watch it; and
  2. So we can continue on the point of this posting.
Like that couple, I wonder whether there are times when the way we conduct ourselves or the words we speak make God Himself wonder: "Where did those genes or that child come from?" The Bible tells us that we were created in God's image and it was His idea not ours - simply because He wants us to have a five -dimensional life. God's first command to us was for us to do 5 things:

"And God blessed them and said to them,
  1. Be fruitful,
  2. multiply, and
  3. fill the earth (or replenish it i.e. leave it better than you met it), and
  4. subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and
  5. have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth." (Gen 1:28 - Amplified, italics mine)

So when we are not doing any or all of these - if I were God, I'd also wonder...which mus be why He's asked me to ask you:
"Who do you think you are?"
More importantly, "Who are you?"

Just like our earthly fathers who like to be proud of our accomplishments say- especially when they have been successful themselves: "Live up to your father's or family's name."  They also advise: "Whatever you do, do not bring the family name to disrepute."

Permit me to give you the same advice...if you're not sure Who your Father is and you are born-again, dig in and find out from His Word, who you really are and live up to His name. On the other hand, if my Almighty Father isn't yours too, now is a great time to ask for forgiveness and accept Him as your Father - His arms are always wide open. When you do, you'll have greatness waiting for you because you'll be empowered* to live up to His name.

*John 1:12: But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name. (Amplified, italics mine)

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