Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.
― 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
The magnificent diversity of the created world is mind-boggling! From the smallest ant to the largest elephant, the most delicate flowers to the fortress-like Redwoods, the sweetest strawberry to the sourest lime, not to mention the incredible diversity of humanity. The artwork of God truly is amazing!
Perhaps most amazing is the fact that all of this diversity is coded into the world with DNA, a molecule found inside every living organism, and consisting of only four molecules – adenine (A), cytostine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T). All of that diversity and creativity of God is found in these four simply molecules that become the building blocks of the limitless diversity we see in the world!
“We have the DNA of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ― Herschel Walker
When we put our trust in Christ we become a “new creation,” with new kingdom DNA! Our thoughts, words, and actions are constructed with new building blocks – love, mercy, justice, truth, grace, peace, and blessing – and, like the natural creation, are seen an expressed in limitless variations in every place, every situation, and everyone!
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… ― Romans 12:2 (NIV)
When we become new creations in Christ we experience the transformation of our hearts and minds. Some of this happens quickly, while other parts of it will take a lifetime of growth. What is important is growth in Christlikness. We are not the same. We don’t think the same. We don’t speak the same. We don’t live the same.
Over the next few days we’ll be exploring these building block of kingdom DNA. Today, take a moment to thank God for the transforming work of the Spirit in your life, and begin praying that love, mercy, justice, truth, grace, peace, and blessing would more and more become the building blocks of your life!