Matryoshka Dolls Christianity

Russian Nesting Dolls

When I was child, we used to have at home, some Matryoshka dolls (also known as the Russian nesting dolls); the kind in which you could place one doll within another, until you reached the largest doll. Each doll was similar or identical to the other, except that, it was smaller in size than the one that contained it. The model of who a Christian can be is found in these Matryoshka dolls.

Only when a doll is smaller than the one containing it will the doll fit inside. If you take a larger doll and try to place it inside a smaller doll, it would not fit. In like manner, we must must conform to Christ (be identical to him) and be in Christ, not the other way around. When we are in Christ (in Him), we can truly and meaningfully sing the words – “Because a sinless Savior died,  My sinful soul is counted free;  For God, the Just, is satisfied. To look on Him and pardon me“. In Him, we are MADE the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21).

2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Bobo Doll Christianity

The sole purpose of a Bobo doll is to bounce back up when knocked over; but it does not do this on its own strength. Instead, the center of gravity works in restoring the Bobo doll back into a standing position.

In our Christian faith walk, we often grieve the Holy Spirit as we backslide and yield to sinful and selfish desires. The question that Apostle Paul poses to the Romans is the same I ask of myself “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Thankfully the Holy Scripture provides us with THE ANSWER. I thank God [that such a victory is only possible] through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7:24-25) The Spirit is willing, the flesh is weak; but praise be to God the Father, for His Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who is the ONLY ONE able to deliver us from the body of death, and to present us blameless before the throne of a Just God (Jude 1:24).

We may succumb to temptation and fall and be knocked down because of our own selfish and sinful desires, or by the adversary of God (Satan), who like a roaring lion preys on our negligence (1 Peter 5:8), but praise be to God that like a Bobo doll, we can always revert to a standing position before God, not on our own strength, but by Jesus Christ, if we have Him as the Center of Gravity of our lives. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his ways. Though he falls, [though he falls], he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord (Jesus Christ) upholdeth him in His hands (Psalm 37:23-24).

Romans 7:18-25 (KJV)
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Psalm 37:23-24 (KJV)
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.