The Power to Become


Very early in his gospel account the apostle John wrote, “But as many as received him (Christ), to them gave he power to become the sons of God...”  As Baptists, we rightfully stress the importance of receiving of Christ in salvation.  When we receive Christ we experience new birth and are eternally secure. 


But I’m afraid that often we are inclined to ignore the becoming part of that verse.  When Christ saves us we are given spiritual life and power.  We then have the potential to become what God intends for us to be--- the sons and daughters of God.  God has a will for our individual lives.  What is both exciting and frightening to me is how much latitude He gives us in deciding what we will become.


He has a will for our lives, yet he gives us the freedom of choice.  How interesting that the plan for your life, designed by the Almighty, Omnipotent, Creator God must receive final approval from you before it can become a reality.  This thought gives new meaning to Paul’s advice in Philippians 2:12  to “ out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”


God is an awesome God and in one sense is certainly to be feared.  But in another sense we have more to fear from ourselves than from God.  We all have a propensity to sin.  We all have a human nature that pulls us toward selfishness, laziness, and mediocrity, and away from becoming sons and daughters of God. 


We will all become something.  The question is, “What?”  Will you become a son or daughter of God, or will you settle for something less?  The sobering reality is that it is totally up to you.  What choices will you make today?