Your Genetic Footprint

by Joanna Pierce on September 06, 2017

In our journey about spiritual footprints, we’ve learned how our footprints can leave lasting impressions for future generations, be a marker for ourselves indicating what we believe in, and can span out into a large surface area with much power and authority. As we close this series, we’ll see how our spiritual footprint is something that identifies: a genetic footprint.

We all have a genetic footprint known as our DNA. It identifies our personality, characteristics, strengths, weaknesses and feeds into what we look like, our height, and even how large our footprints will be. We get some of that DNA from each of our parents, and somehow, God decides which genetic DNA will be the dominant trait that manifests in our lives.

But, there’s another genetic footprint on us. Once it becomes imprinted on our lives, it will change us forever. That spiritual footprint, or genetic DNA, is of our Heavenly Father.

When we repent for our sins (die out to our flesh) and are buried in the name of Jesus in baptism, we rise from the water a new creature in Christ. But, we don’t just come forth with a new life, we arise from the water with His name (II Corinthians 5:17)!

Our new birth experience is the first step of entering God’s Kingdom and becoming a part of the Bride of Christ—the church. Just as an earthly bride takes on the name of her groom, the church takes on the name of her Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, in baptism.

And, when we complete our salvation’s promise and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38), being born of the water and Spirit (John 3:5), our Father’s DNA gets imprinted on us with the infilling of His Spirit:

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father (Romans 8:15, KJV, emphasis added).

When we have the Spirit of God living in us, He changes our spiritual footprint. He helps us to look like Him, talk like Him, walk like Him, and be like Him in every way. We emulate characteristics from our Spiritual Father because we have His DNA!

When we have this experience in Jesus, we’ll never be the same. His touch will change us forever: on earth from a sinner to a child of God, and eventually from mortal to immortality with Him in Heaven (I Corinthians 15:51–52).

The most important spiritual footprint we can have in life is the one that lives inside of us. It is the spiritual (genetic) footprint that directs all other footprints we make in this life—it will determine the impressions we make, the lasting effects/impacts, the surfaces we reach, and the power we have.

Before we take another step, before we consider any impacts, let’s start at the core of our spiritual footprint. We need God’s DNA—the Holy Ghost—in our lives to accomplish anything, and to be what He wants us to be.

What’s your next footprint going to be?