This has been the year of the baby.
Almost every week, I’m either receiving sonogram pictures via text or discovering that a friend has had a grand-baby. In our family alone, Mark and I have gone from four grand children to six in less than ten weeks.
As we think of all these pregnancies, there is a lot of “you in me and I in you” to think about (John 14:20). So, with your favorite pregnancy in mind, visualize with me the following spiritual maxims.
We have the seed of God within us.
Our baby granddaughter Leah is a perfect mix of our daughter and her husband. Together, their chromosomes made Leah who she is. Her mom is of Irish/English ancestry and her dad is of Norwegian. So no one was surprised when Leah was born without almond-shaped eyes. You see, Asian ethnicity is just not in her DNA.
1 John 3:9 says that the one who is born of God has God’s seed abiding in him. Being a child of the Kingdom means that we are God-conceived (John 1:12-13). We literally have divine DNA.
Look up the Greek word for seed in 1 John 3:9. You may be a little stunned. The Apostle John says that if you have been born of God, then God’s sperma (seed) lives within you. Just as God used His knitting needles to form our physical bodies within the womb (Psalm 139:13), He also busily knit our spiritual beings together using love as His yarn (Colossians 2:2).
Because He is the One Who conceived and formulated us, now “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). God has fixed the outcome of our lives by putting His spiritual chromosomes into our DNA. We are bound to look like Him!
With His seed within us, we no longer find sin a fun activity. Yes, we may do it, but it’s not something that we can enjoy anymore. “No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God" (1 John 3:9 Amplified). The very fact that sin pangs your conscience is evidence that you are God’s child.
While in this body, we remain in an embryonic state in Christ.
God did not conceive you and then freeze you in a petri dish, or pass you off to a surrogate mother. You are now encapsulated within Christ Himself (2 Corinthians 5:17). God put you there, to be protected and safe (1 Corinthians 1:30; Psalm 121:7), because He realizes your vulnerable and feeble state.
Know this: as long as you remain in this physical body, you are merely an embryo to God. You are not yet fully mature (1 Corinthians 13:12; Philippians 3:12), but God loves you anyway. There is no condemnation to those who are developing in Christ (Romans 8:1). You are a loved and desired pregnancy.
And just as the unborn must receive all their needs from their mother, you are now receiving all that you need for life and godliness direct from Christ, Who is your connecting umbilical cord (1 Peter 1:3). “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
How ridiculous it would be for a nine-week old fetus to look at his little body and say, “I look like an alien. My head is too large. My ears are too small. And I’m only the size of an olive. I am ugly and look nothing like the image of my parents. I do not deserve to receive any more life nutrients from my mother.”
And yet, we do the same. We waiver between guilty embarrassment at our underdeveloped state and unnecessary anxiety at how we can help God grow us.
Instead, we need to relax in Him (Psalm 46:10). There is nothing to be anxious about because the Lord is near. Prayer with thanksgiving is our umbilical lifeline to grant delightful, restful peace (Philippians 4:5-6).
A few years ago, Mark and I visited the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. As we meandered the immaculately manicured grounds, we paused before the grave of Dr. Graham’s wife, Ruth Bell Graham. On her gravestone was a simple quote, taken from a sign along the road that had made her smile: “End of Construction—Thank you for your patience.”
May we take our eyes off our own incompletion and praise His Name for being in charge of our growth.