The enterprise of following one’s family tree or family history back to our ancestors has become increasingly popular in recent times. The interest in such activity comes from a desire and sense that we can learn more about ourselves from our ancestral origins.
But there is an even more effective method of exploration by which we can find out the most precise details about ourselves and the true origins of those important details. It requires making a spiritual genealogy.
How does one chart a spiritual genealogy? Its simple. It only requires our sincerity. We simply observe our thoughts, feelings and actions and track them back to their true origins. Since the human mind represents the operation of our spirit, by following the genealogy of our thoughts we can find out where we are really coming from.
What is the ancestry of an idea? All ideas have their origins in some type of love. There are two major but opposing qualities of love, which are the origins of all our thinking—love of self and love of others.
Two people can have a similar idea and urge to give money to the poor and needy, yet these individuals performing the exact same act of charity can have entirely different spiritual genealogies. The origin of one’s generous giving can be based on reputation, self-gratification and self-promotion, while another’s can be based on a sincere and humble love of other people. One form of generosity has its origins in hell, the other in heaven.
Because of this radical difference and its spiritual ramifications, a person cannot ever hope to explore the true spiritual origins of their life without utmost sincerity. Otherwise we will create a false chart and account of the descent of our personal ideas back to their proper progenitor.
Of course, the practice of exploring one’s spiritual genealogy simply amounts to one practicing his or her religion and following God’s tenets. Whether we care about such things or not God is continuously following each of our thoughts, feelings and actions back to their origins.
It should be obvious why.
What is less obvious is that when in Genesis 24:24 Rebekah states. “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milcah bore to Nahor,” she is symbolically referring to a spiritual genealogy that has its origins in a sincere quality of loving God’s truth.
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