GodReflection: News Flash—We Inherited God’s DNA
It’s rather awesome to entertain the thought that Creator God shared His image with me.
I remember the February 1997 worldwide news story of Dolly the sheep; the first cloned mammal through the work of Scottish scientists at Roslin Institute in Edinburg. The story made all headlines and newscasts. Prior to 1997 it was remarkable to think that an identical lamb could be created from an adult cell to match the same DNA sequence as its parent. She was genetically identical.
Clones are exact genic copies. The precise and complete DNA of the original becomes the reality of the copy.
God is the Holy Original.
When I claim to possess God’s DNA I am no Dolly the sheep. It is obvious no human can be an exact copy of Almighty God.
At the same time, I’ve come to see that God birthed all people with traits of His DNA.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals” (Genesis 1:26). Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7).
Throughout the ages every baby released from the umbilical cord gasps and takes in the breath of life and becomes life itself.
As life is sucked into new lungs God’s holy breath begins to sustain. To be born is to receive the breath of God.
And so as I consider God’s gene gift, the life guiding decision comes to every man and woman, “Will I allow God’s breath to give life to the fullest or will I force His holy breath from the lungs of my soul?”
What I ought to do—but I don’t—is to shout to the heavens each and every morning as the sun rises, “God thank you for the gift of breath, may I use it wisely this day.”
I would like to think that the recognition of God’s breath sustaining my earthly body would cause me to walk closer to His Image as a new day dawns.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on God’s Holy Breath In His DNA