Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What Multigenerational Faithfulness Really Is: An Empty Way of Life

Excerpted from Rooted in God's Love by the Ryans:

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 handled down to you from your forefathers, 
but with the precious blood of Christ,
 a lamb without blemish or defect.
1 Peter 1:19 

The 'empty way of life' we are attempting to change was handed down from our parents and their parents before them and their parents before them. In a family committed to the 'don't talk' rule, for example, saying even a simple sentence may require overcoming distracting behaviors or other avoidance behaviors which have been refined over hundreds of years!. Talking honestly to a parent or sibling may be breaking family rules that have lasted for generations.

The Good News is that we have been redeemed from the empty way of life handed down by our forefathers. Jesus redeemed us so that we can be free from this kind of bondage. We can learn to talk honestly . We can learn to experience our emotions. We can learn to trust genuinely. We can engage in life. We can love and be loved.

We live in a battle between the empty way of life passed down to us and the new life that has been provided for us. Living in solidarity with our new life in Christ is a daily struggle, but as we practice this way of life we break the vicious cycle of family dysfunction.

Read the entire meditation for the day online HERE.