If you’re on Facebook, you may have seen the meme of the father passing parts of himself to his son. It’s a striking image to me. Would that more fathers gave the gift of themselves, piece by piece, to their sons (and daughters too!).
But it also struck me that God wants to do the same thing. After all, His Holy Spirit lives within every believer to enable us to bear the “fruit of the Spirit.” Every fruit is an attribute of God Himself. From Galatians 5, we see the fruits enumerated as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And how are we to manifest these attributes of God? The same chapter tells us that if we walk in the Spirit, we won’t be walking in the flesh. Walking in the Spirit is done by faith. By believing God’s Word. By doing God’s Word.
In another place (2 Peter 1:4), we read, “he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” What does it mean to become partakers of the divine nature? It means, to me, exactly what the picture in the meme is expressing. We are having the life of God built into us piece by piece as we live by “His precious and very great promises.”
One thing we know about great fathers is that they always keep their promises. All the more so with our Heavenly Father.
God’s greatest gift to us is Himself. And the oddest–most unexplainable thing imaginable is that some people refuse God’s gift of Himself. They turn away from His presence in their lives, along with His peace, His overwhelming love, His grace and forgiveness…but most of all simply Himself.
Don’t ever let that happen to you. Receive the life of God today. Walk in the life of God today. ENJOY the life of God today.