11th March 2018
This Mothering Sunday I am reminded that sometimes I open my mouth and my mother pops out!
Good or bad and like it or not, we not only look like, but also sound like our parents, because we inherit, and pass on traits.
It’s because of familiarity, we repeat what we have learned, both in attributes, behaviour and language.
If only it was as easy to open our mouths and Jesus’ words and responses pop out.
We learn from the Bible that we are adopted into God’s family as God’s children.
Romans 8: 14 – 17 tells us:
‘14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ 16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.’
So how can we learn and inherit Christ’s attributes, behaviour and language? Again, it’s about familiarity. It’s about learning from the pages of the Bible and adopting a Christ-like manner, so that it’s Christ-like language and behaviour that pops out of us.
We are adopted by God, so that through familiarity with God through the example of God’s Son, Jesus, we can inherit God’s family resemblances.
Lent is a good time to reflect on our own behaviour and become familiar with Jesus’ behaviour, and perhaps more and more often we will open our mouths and Jesus will pop out as we become closer inheritors of Christ as children adopted into God’s family through faith and familiarity.
Revd. Janine Atkinson