We have a file in our home labeled, “Important docs”. In it we keep titles to cars, passports and birth certificates. I noticed the last time I saw my birth certificate that it was inaccurate. The date was right, the place of my birth was correct, my parents were listed on it, but in my opinion, there are three others who should also be on it, but aren’t!
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV) 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
- My Father in heaven, my Creator.
- The Son of God, Jesus Christ, my Redeemer.
- The Holy Spirit, whom I have received from God who lives in me.
My parents were the ones who brought me home, but it was my God whom I have to thank for my creation, my redemption, and my sanctification.
In fact, according to David, my face is on my Father’s fridge.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. Psalms 139:13 (ESV)
“Knit one, pearl two. Knit one, pearl two.” No, I have never knitted a single article of clothing. It is too slow a process for me. I don’t think I have the patience. Yet, the picture that comes to mind when reading Psalm 139:13 is God sitting in a rocker like an expectant mother lovingly “knitting you together to become you” one cell at a time by His large, loving hands.
No wonder none of us look alike. “God created you (knit one, pearl two) in His own image; in the image of God he created” (you) one cell at a time.” Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
I have this picture in my mind. If you could walk in God’s kitchen and stroll over to His refrigerator right now (it would be a very large refrigerator), your picture would be on it! Your artwork and a record of all the “stuff” in life you bring to show Him would all be plastered there.
Your picture is there because you are His son or daughter through faith in His Son. You have been baptized into the NAME of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Your Father has kept your artwork, your test scores, and all the accomplishments you’ve brought to Him and He keeps them on his fridge. Not only is your face and stuff there, but so are all the pictures of all His children. You recognize them as your brothers and sisters in Christ.
As you scan the entire front of the fridge your smile turns to sadness. All of a sudden it dawns on you: “there are faces missing.” The faces of those you know who have not been baptized, who don’t believe right now. Though they were created by the same hand that knitted together your life, they are orphans without a home and, more importantly, without a Father in heaven and a Savior.
Their birth certificates don’t need changing YET. But hopefully they will soon. And you and I have a chance to make that happen. We get to share the love Christ has for them. So why wait? Why not start this week, right now in fact. Start in prayer, mention the names of people you know who aren’t connected to Jesus.
My Father, I thank You today that I am Your child by grace through faith in Christ Jesus my Savior. Holy Spirit, I mention these people right now …. Lead me to share my faith with them that their names and faces may be on our Father’s fridge. In Jesus’ name. Amen