Galatians 2:20 ~ I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
As parents, we watch human development from the other side of the table. First we experience it in our own childhood and youth, and then we pass on all our beliefs (for better or for worse), and all our habits that we have derived from them (for good or for bad). As we pass on this legacy, we find ourselves either passing on the baton of generational curses (the sins of the fathers upon the children…Exodus 20:5), or the wand of generational blessings (unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love God and obey His commands….Exodus 20:6). Sometimes – most of the time – it is a combination of both.
In most families the first attachment of life is to people – usually a mother and a father, inspiring the first words spoken – “da-da” or “ma-ma”. The next attachment learned in life is usually our relationship to things…our vocabulary builds. To those first words associated with early attachments to persons/personalities, is added the emphatic possessive word found to describe our relationship to things – “mine”!
A.W. Tozer in his book, The Pursuit of God writes:
The pronouns “my” and “mine” look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant. They express the real nature of the old Adamic man better than a thousand volumes of theology could do. They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease.
In the 1999 film, Fight Club, the demented antagonist had one thing right when he said, "The things that you own end up owning you." It's true. At the end of the day, at the end of a life well lived, one can finally see the purpose of all human attachments. The final lesson, the final word added to our human vocabulary is a word that finds its definition in God Himself alone – “love”.
- LOVE UNDEFILED: Romans 5:8 – “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- LOVE UNSPEAKABLE: 1 John 3:1 – “What great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
- LOVE UNLIMITED: Lamentations 3:22-23 – “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
- LOVE UNALTERABLE: 1 John 4:8 – “Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
I am continually learning the lesson to hold all people, positions and possessions with an open hand – good or bad, right or wrong. If we cling to them, they will cling to us. With the wisdom born out of life’s attachments AW Tozer wrote "As long as we think we own anything, that thing owns us. As soon as we know that we own nothing, then God owns us."
I am His and He is mine.
Attached to God,