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Whose DNA Is It?
5/11/2011

Whose DNA Is It?
The Spiritual DNA of God Within Our Life

 "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 15:5 (NKJV)

I've always been fascinated with forensic science -  more specifically, how it is used to draw conclusion in solving cases.  Forensic science is very valuable as it can be used to help in determining guilt or innocence.  It simply reveals evidences to help shape theory into fact.   One of the major tools used in forensic science is DNA, or "Genetic Fingerprinting" as it is often called.  

DNA is uniquely distinct in each person and therefore it can identify someone and be used as very compelling evidence.  The only time this process is complicated is when there are several samples of DNA mixed together.  It amazes me how God gave each of us an individual DNA code to identify our physical body so there could be no confusion of our uniqueness.  He has given us a unique soul as well - each fitted with a perfect combination of special features and gifts.  

As I thought about this I began to think about how we are told in Ephesians to imitate God (Eph. 5:1).  As we imitate Him others will see Him in us - in our actions, and in our love for one another.

"By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:35 (NKJV)

This is fascinating to me as well because as Christians we are all being transformed into the image of Jesus (2 Cor 3:18).  So in essence, our Spiritual DNA is being changed to be like His.  This is exactly what Jesus was saying in John 13:35 - everyone will know we are His disciples by our love for one another.  Our love is the fruit of our relationship with Jesus - it is a natural byproduct of our knowing Him and abiding in Him.

Q:    What does this mean to me as a Christian?  How can this help me in my Christian walk?

I believe this is an amazing tool for each of us to examine our own Christian walk.  Much like the forensic detectives look for evidence to gain identity, we too, can look at the actions of our lives for the evidence of God's love and grace. Jesus told us without Him we could do NOTHING!    So, if the work (fruit) we bear is good, then it is obviously from God - and if it is from God, then glory needs to be given to Him alone.  We do not have the right to claim credit these great works, but should instead be pointing others to Christ through them. The minute we take credit for His glorious work done through us we have splattered our DNA into His and we begin to look less like Him.

Hey Christian, when others look at your actions are they seeing Jesus' DNA at the scene or yours?  When others look closely into your life do they see the same love and grace Jesus bestowed on people? Who are you giving the credit to?

STUDY QUESTION:  According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn with regard to our actions?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can people clearly see you are a disciple of Jesus by your love for others?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord for His will in every decision and action you choose.  Read your Bible and allow God to transform your life.

Father, thank You for Your amazing love and unmerited favor upon my life.  Thank You for allowing me to flourish and grow in my walk with You.  Help me to love others and to bestow unmerited favor upon them in the same way You have done with me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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