ADONAI (LORD, MASTER)
Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?- Romans 6:16.
Our first lesson for bible study was on Romans 6:1-23- Dead to sin, alive to God.
We talked intensely about what it means to be a slave. And what I've chewed on for the past week was how you are a SLAVE TO THE ONE YOU OBEY...
What does that look like? What do I obey? What example am I giving my kids?
Lucy came home from school the other day and was telling me a story. One of the kids that she was narrating said something very sassy with the ending of OK? and Seriously, Lucy? That struck a chord deep inside my soul and I knew I needed to work on my Fruit of the Spirit. I am my daughter's biggest example. I am her role model. She will reflect me. That sassy girl's responses are learned.
I am a slave to the one I obey... Jesus is my master.
As my daughter looks up to me, I will be looking up to God. The bible shows us all of Jesus' human qualities, he wasn't giving sassy remarks to the disciples (Really, Peter? You did that... Seriously? ), he wasn't beating up sinners with his words. He was loving, He was patient, He was kind, he was self-controlled, He was good, and He was gentle. He did flip a table but that was to make a point...
I am slowly learning the different names of God. I am chewing on God's character. I am applying them to my life. I am fighting my natural sin nature to give sassy, sarcastic remarks. I am remembering that Lucy (and Henry) are looking up to me, obeying me, learning from the way I handle myself in situations, how I talk to others, and most importantly WHAT I AM A SLAVE TO.
I can talk the Jesus talk all day, but if my daily life doesn't reflect it MY KIDS WILL INSTANTLY PICK UP ON THAT. If I don't put God at the top of my priority list I can't expect my kids to do the same. I want my kids not only to know, love and obey God but to wholeheartedly know, love and obey him. It's not something we just do but rather it's who we are.
What are you a slave to?
God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix it.
Speaking of God being bigger- Jonathan had another stable scan yesterday. Our oncologist is very pleased and Jonathan is very pleased that there are only 6 more chemos. Thank you for your continued prayer!