Genesis 3:6-12—The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
“Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
Adam and Eve’s relationship is a typology of the relationship that Jesus has with the Church, but Jesus wasn’t passive like Adam was. Adam was going to sit back and watch as Eve believed what the enemy was saying, but Jesus didn’t leave us to figure things out on our own. Instead, He took action. He came down from heaven and became like one of us, to show us how to live with passion and purpose.
Following in the footsteps of Jesus is different than following after what Adam did. Our flesh wants to just lay back and stay passive as life goes by, but Jesus wants us to step up and take on the mission of God, and help others be everything that God created them to be.
Adam was supposed to be a covering for Eve like a blanket covers and warms, and like Jesus gives protection to the Church through His sacrifice. That’s the responsibility of men, to be proactive and reveal Christ to our families and the rest of the world. But a blanket has to be picked up and used in order to be helpful—if it’s just left sitting on the side of the couch, it does nothing.
Our God isn’t a passive God, and He doesn’t want us to be passive followers, either. Jesus has already taken the first step by coming to the Earth and offering His life as protection over us. Now it’s our turn to be spiritual leaders in our families. Do it by praying, alone and together as a family, reading God’s Word, worshipping together, and showing the love of Christ to each other and to the rest of those you encounter.
Make it a priority to show your family that your dependency is in God and not yourself or anyone else. Be a part of what God is doing in the world. Teach your children how to live as godly people in our culture by modelling that kind of lifestyle to them. Have a heart that wants to help people live out the purpose God created for their lives. Actively work to cause transformation in others’ lives through the work of the Holy Spirit.