There are many elements that make up a human being. As the Lord said to Abraham in Genesis 12, there is your country, your kindred, and your father’s house. We can also include the category of race as another factor. These are all different aspects of a man that control who and what he is. There are spirits that rule over families, over tribes or kindreds, over countries, and over certain races. I was born Nigerian. This puts me under the subjection of spirits like anger and pride. Of course, as we go deeper into the man- his father’s house, for example- there are more elements, more layers to what makes him who and what he is. As Christians, it is our job to not conform to these labels and to transcend the world’s standards. I remember once I was at an airport and a lady asked me how old I was. Once she realized that the number ended in ‘teen’, she made a face and said ‘Oh, you’re a ‘ with emphasis on the teenage part. Somehow, just because of my age, I had fallen under this woman’s understanding and expectation of what teenagers were and how they acted. Romans 12:2 tells us that we should ‘not be conformed to this world, but to be transformed (into the likeness of Christ) by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God’. We are to be Christ-like in our everything, that is the very definition when we call ourselves ‘Christians’. Because of the blood that flows in the man, the spirits that pertain to that blood will lay hold on the man because they have business with that blood. For us to overcome, we have to lay hold on another blood- the blood of Jesus- to give us new life, to give us a new character, a new mind, a new testimony. Let each and every one of us, through the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and the power of His word and His blood and His spirit, exceed the expectations of everyone around us in deed, in word, and in character. We are to be made ‘conformable’ to His death. If we are to be subject to anything, it is the character of Jesus Christ. Let us take a stand and let our works begin to please the Lord and to meet His expectations of us.
Food for thought: Let us take a stand and let our works begin to please the Lord and to meet His expectations of us.