“To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”.
Jn 1:12 NIV
The secret of being a person is not just what or who you are. It is also about what you can become. Human nature is not static. People can grow, develop, mature, transform and blossom.
Think of the apostle Paul. He began as a Jewish pharisee and developed a hatred for the Christian church. He went around looking for Christians to persecute. Then he met the risen Jesus. It changed him. He became a new person. He finished as a saint of the Christian church, a disciple of Jesus, and an apostle for the truth, encouraging people to love. And Peter, from being a rough fisherman became an apostle of the church as well – Jesus empowered him.
Belief can empower you. Bad beliefs can sour you, bring you down, make you a scoundrel. Right beliefs can bring truth into your mind, love into your heart, action into your lifestyle, leadership into your service for other people and growth into your whole being. “It is told that once when Michelangelo began to carve a huge and shapeless block of marble, he said that his aim was to release the angel imprisoned in the stone. Out of the shapeless mass he wrought the angel that his eye saw there” (W. Barclay, The Letter to the Romans, p220). Faith in Christ can release the potential in you to become a child of God. The Holy Spirit working in you can make you someone you could never become in your own limited powers. Try to discover what God wants to make of you and resolve to become that – to his honour and glory.
Lord, bring your divine intentions to fruition in me.