Devotional

Created Not By the Will of Man

Michael Beck

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12,13)

The world thinks bondage is trying to be something you’re not. And so they seek to discover “who they are” in order to live an authentic life – being true to themselves. The problem with this approach is how easy it is to be sold a false bill of goods. From where have we gotten our self-identity – from an astrological sign; from a personality test; from a strong feeling or desire we have? Are we now going to order our lives around this “revelation”? What if astrology is bogus (which it is)? What if the personality test has a “show of wisdom,” but is not the leadership of God for your life? What if your feelings and desires are not as set in concrete as you think they are?

The freedom to be who we think we are can turn us into something quite frightening. We live in a day when people are both Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. They are creations of their own vain imaginations. Are they really becoming who they are; or are they wandering further and further away from who God has created them to be? Will the exciting quest for self-discovery lead down many a wrong path toward a very dead end?

Jesus came into the world to give us the greatest freedom of all. His salvation empowers us to become someone we were not. We were sinners; now we are saints. We were enemies of God; now we are His friends. We were once slaves to our own own vanity and folly; now we are free to be a person of infinite value and worth, one being fashioned after the image and likeness of the beloved Son of God.

Receiving Jesus is the means to a new birth where the Spirit of God brings a new creation into existence. This new creation is not the product of the “will of man.” We are His workmanship, created in Christ, to shine with a beauty and glory and purpose far beyond any we could ever imagine or design for ourselves.

Stop playing God. Let your Creator determine who you are. When you are who you are by the grace of God, you will finally look in the mirror, and like what you see.


Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.