One of life’s most difficult obstacles can be the family we come from. There are many choices we make in life, but choosing our family is not one of them. Some people, and I happen to be one of them, come from a long line of God-seeking ancestors. It is within our legacy and has become our heritage to carry on the banner of Christ. However, there are those whose family story isn’t quite so ideal.
Some families can be ungodly, toxic, or even downright harmful. So how do we overcome the ungodly environments we may have been raised in? How do we break out of a cycle of hurt, disappointment and fear? You can start by embracing these three blessings:
Ephesians 1:4, “God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world.”
No matter what your circumstances are, God chose you. He chose you over an unbroken relationship with his own son! Whether you have been abandoned physically or emotionally, you are select; chosen by the creator of the universe. He paid dearly to be reconciled and reunited with you.
2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
When you choose God and his kingdom, your past is wiped clean. The more you meditate on his great love, and the extent to which he expressed that love for you, the more the effects of your past can be healed.
Galatians 3:26, “In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”
John 1:12, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—“
Our faith makes us his child. Our genealogy changes once we choose him. And he is the ultimate parent!
Overcoming our childhood environment can be very difficult. Embracing these blessings is a good start because they affirm our identity in Christ. But as Christians, we have another advantage. God’s Word instructs us in how to be whole and healthy human beings and members of our new spiritual family.
Whether you’ve come from a godly family who has trained you diligently to be a part of God’s family, or you’ve recently been adopted into the family of God, as Christians, it is our privilege to enter into a new genealogy. In this family tree, God is our father and Jesus, our brother. We can live according to the book of genealogy and family stories which they have left behind for us. We can trade the thinking that has come from our earthly environment and genealogy for our new family creed. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Living by the rules of our “new house” identifies us with the head of that house. In so doing, we acknowledge our kinship with our Heavenly Father.