Whose DNA do you carry?

Love your eye colour? Maybe it’s blue, green, or brown like mine’s? Whether it’s your nicest feature or that unflattering quirky “something” that you dislike about yourself, there’s no doubt that you’ve inherited features, traits and characteristics that are rooted in your DNA. Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid that’s steeped in your genes. I’ve made peace with my slightly bent middle fingers which I’ve passed on to my daughter. Not that she cares whether one finger is not as perfect as the others. She has far too many beautiful things going for her to appreciate daily.

Yesterday I caught a brief clip on Chinese cooking on The Talk show. The hosts, Julie Chen and Sheryl Underwood, were sautéing the ingredients in the woks, under the direction of a guest cook, and the incorrigible Sheryl was having a bit of a challenge turning the greens. Julie who was working on the meats etc, offered to switch woks. As Julie expertly tossed the greens, the guest cook complimented her efforts. To which Julie, who is of Chinese descent, replied with gusto, “It’s in my genes.”

From that moment,  I’ve been thinking about the influence of DNA on our outlook, tastes and passions. And the parallels to our spiritual image. The Scripture tells us in Psalm 51:5 that we are born and shaped in sin. That means that the desire and attraction to sin is a natural draw because it is ingrained in our thoughts and habits. In our DNA. But before you take this as a license to sin, or get discouraged because you feel you can never conquer that bad habit, read on. Willpower alone cannot change habits. Transformation is needed. And this is found in a new life in Christ. Jesus told Nicodemus, “You must be born again.”

Jesus knew that the DNA in you and I is only formed at birth, and since our physical birth contained the defective DNA of sin, another birth was mandatory in introduce a pure DNA. And so when we invite Jesus into our hearts, that is called the spiritual birth, and contains genes infused with the traits and habits of our God. Truth, holiness, purity, goodness, faithfulness, love, peace, joy, hope, virtue, humility… This is why you can rise above your natural desires and pursue the higher calling, take the high road, live victoriously. Because of grace. Because of the new birth. Because the DNA of the Father, Son and Holy Spirits transforms you.

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6 Responses to Whose DNA do you carry?

  1. admin says:

    From Tiffany via email:
    Thank you for sharing this latest blog entry! I appreciate your perspective on DNA and also our spiritual DNA. Very thought provoking!

    I had a chance to go to your blog and check out the book review on “Little Copper Pennies” and “Little Copper Pennies for KIDS” and I was really happy to hear that you are experiencing some great success with these books. I knew that they were unique and special and I am so glad that you are getting interest from schools and the general public, that is wonderful!

    I’d love to hear from you and how things are going!

  2. admin says:

    From S.Thornton via Facebook:
    Wow- Susan Harris, this is a wonderful, insightful article that you have written! Well said my sweet friend! Beautifully written. xx

  3. admin says:

    From Michelle via email:
    I was out one evening and out of the blue a young man came and sat down beside me. He said ‘hello’ and looked directly at me for a few minutes. I sat there looking back at him trying to figure out who he was and what he wanted when all of a sudden, I knew. It was my younger brother!! Honestly, you could have knocked me over with a feather. I was so surprised! Also, a bit shocked that I didn’t recognize him but it’s been several years since I’ve seen him and he was quite a lot younger. We talked a little that evening and then actually got a chance for a good visit a couple days later(he was out in this area visiting a friend), and what a visit! We talked for hours and discovered SO much that we have in common(it’s neat that you sent an e-mail about DNA!). It was truly wonderful.

  4. admin says:

    From Debbie via email:
    I like it!

  5. Sue4Him says:

    This is a beautifully written article and within it are tidbits of golden nuggets, all gifts from the Lord. In this particular writing I have come to understand more fully the parallels of our own DNA and that of our spiritual life in Christ Jesus. There is so much truth in what you stated, “Willpower alone cannot change habits. Transformation is needed. And this is found in a new life in Christ.” To that I can add my own amen and amen!
    Thank you for this is a wonderful, insightful article that you have written! Well said my sweet friend!

    May I also add to this comment, that I am so truly blessed with all of your writings, articles and blogs. I am sincerely touched and it never ceases to amaze me how the timing of your articles and what the Lord is teaching me, appear to come together at the same time. Keep listening and following God’s direction in writing and speaking Susan Harris, as I am but one who is in need of your teaching ministry.

    Thank you and May our heavenly Father bless you as you have been a blessing to so many.
    You sister in Christ Jesus,
    Susan JOY Thornton xx

  6. admin says:

    Thank you Susan. I am encouraged by your feedback and hope you will visit every month for a fresh truth. Blessings.

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