Have you ever felt let down by your parents? You aren’t alone. Parenthood, the vehicle God chose to represent Himself to the human race has been hijacked by parents who have no idea how to love.
Many families are fractured today because God’s enemy does everything he can to distort the image of God and selfish parents are his greatest tool. This is not a new thing, I think King David would understand our feelings today because he once wrote–
My father and mother walked out and left me,
but God took me in.
David fully understood what it is to be re-parented by God and he was not alone–
- It happened to Abraham, whose father worshiped other gods.
- It happened to Jacob who deceived his father.
- It happened to Joseph who was separated from his father.
- It happened to Ruth who lost all she knew.
- It happened to Moses who was groomed to be Pharaoh.
- It even happened to the prostitute Rahab.
All of these people, born into different life circumstances and living before Christ, had one thing in common; they were re-parented by God. The Bible gives us many examples of God’s re-parenting. Here are some things to remember as we allow our Heavenly Father to re-parent us.
We Must be Born Again
Jesus taught that we can’t be part of God’s family unless we are born again. This is a vital step to being re-parented by God.
“I assure you,” said Jesus,
“Unless a man is born from water and from Spirit
he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
We Can’t Re-Parent Ourselves
Just as we couldn’t give birth to ourselves the first time, we can’t recreate ourselves today. Some people think just repeating a prayer and verse makes them born again, but the sinner’s prayer is only a beginning. It’s not a magic incantation because God wants to engage our will and it takes time to change the way we see things. We must humble ourselves like Peter and allow Jesus to cleanse our wounds.
“No,” Peter protested,
“You will never ever wash my feet!”
“Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”
Re-Parenting is Process
Even after Jesus washed Peter’s feet, Peter didn’t understand what it meant to be born again. God knows our failings even before we fail but His heart is still filled with love and good expectations for us. For some of us this rebirth might take time. As we let go of our control, we can allow Jesus to lead us into healthier life choices.
Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.
But I have prayed for you, Simon,
that your faith may not fail.
And when you have turned back,
strengthen your brothers.”
But he replied,
“Lord, I am ready to go with you
to prison and to death.”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter,
before the rooster crows today,
you will deny three times that you know me.”
The Spirit is Essential
God wants us to be completely free to worship Him in both Spirit and Truth. We can’t do this if we continue to deny truth. We must examine the truth of our life events with the Truth revealed in Jesus. The Spirit seals us and completes our adoption by God by giving us a new heart and dwelling within us. This is a mystery. We become one with God and each other when we are united through God’s Spirit.
The Spirit you received
brought about your adoption to son-ship.
And by him, we cry, “Abba, Father.”