Recently I’ve found myself saying or doing things that are exactly what my Dad would do. I’ll be having a conversation with someone, and maybe I’ll say something or pull a facial expression, and after I do it, I’m just like, wow, that’s exactly what Dad would say or do. The other day I saw a video of the famous Golf player tiger woods, who was playing Golf with his son. The video went viral because of how identical his son’s swing was to his Father’s, it was almost identical, and fans were left shocked. Kids copying their parents is a common thing. Studies have shown that as kids, we pick up on everything our parents do; how they speak and sound, what they say and their mannerisms, etc. As kids, we copy them without even realising it, and it just comes from being with our parents, walking with them from a young age and subconsciously copying what they do.
In the global Church, there’s an argument of legalism vs hyper-grace. Legalism focuses more on following the rules and trying to be a “good” Christian, and hyper-grace focuses more on God’s grace and preaches laziness and a “let go and let God’ kind of attitude. I think they’re both wrong and right at the same time. I’ve been legalistic, and all it led me to was feeling un-saveable. Too bad for God’s grace, I would always condemn myself, and it burnt me out. I’ve never really tried the hyper-grace idea, but I think the concept of sinning just because God can forgive you is wrong. Paul condemns it in Romans 6:1-2. So what’s the middle ground here?
I believe it’s about walking close to God. Sanctification is a long and unsteady process. Legalism won’t speed that process up, and being lazy by following hyper-grace is wrong. We must walk closely with the Father in prayer and study of his word, and like a child to a father, we subconsciously pick up on the words and sayings of God, on the mannerisms, attitude and wisdom.
Do you want to be sanctified? Walk with the sanctifier!
Do you want to be moulded like clay? Sit before the potter!
You can’t sanctify yourself, and clay can’t mould itself. That’s why legalism doesn’t work. Also, on the contrary, you can’t expect the potter to mould you when you’re far from him. Growing in God comes from walking with him.
Matthew 11:28-29 – Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Walk with Jesus, grow in his knowledge and wisdom, pray for his will, pray that you will be sanctified and slowly but surely, watch yourself grow and become more like the Father, just in the same way a child becomes like their parents simply from walking closely with them. – Adam