There are far more people who are physically equipped to play football than those that are playing the game. But only those who are TRAINED make the team. Successful players ARE successful because they were trained into a new life-pattern – a new set of moves, a new set of habits. So in the potentiality of parenthood, we must see our responsibility to bring out the POTENTIAL-in-GODLINESS which is built into ALL of us, WE must recognize that GOD’S GENETIC CODE, which He meant for us AND our children, was written into His Son Jesus Christ.
Then as we “Put off the Old Man” – get rid of the dead cells – and “PUT ON JESUS CHRIST (that is, take on THE NEW MAN) – we come to possess that Manliness of the Son of God. So it is that we become quipped to set the CODE, God’s plan, in the hearts of our children.
I still carry a card in my Bible on which I have scribbled these words: “Your LIFE is My MESSAGE to those around you”. As a young apostle, Timothy heard this exhortation from the great apostle Paul: “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives tales; rather, TRAIN YOURSELF TO BE GODLY. For all physical training is of some value, but GODLINESS has value for ALL things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come”. And then he continues: “Command and teach these things . . . . Set an example for the believers in speech and LIFE and in love, in faith, in purity” (emphasis mine). And now, it’s YOUR flesh that’s to be renewed!
From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Number 38, April/May 1984.