Who We Are

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” (John 1:12)

The glorious hope of the gospel is that the worst of men can become the best of men. Who we are can change. Paul is exhibit A of this fact. He, who called himself the “chief of sinners,” became the greatest of saints.

A new life begins with a new birth. Until we are in Christ there is no hope we will ever be all God wants us to be. Once we are in Him and He is in us we have the potential to become sons who are just like our Father. But transformation into the image of God takes time. We grow gradually as we learn who our Father is. As we behold the Father and the Son we are changed into their likeness by the Spirit.

Yes, from the first moment of our new birth we are holy, but the Holy Spirit who dwells within us continually instructs us in all the ways of our holy God. We learn the difference between God’s holy love, and joy, and peace, and what the world thinks of these things. The glory and the beauty of our God is first impressed upon our mind, and then we long to reflect Him to a surprised world around us. “Who is this?” our friends and family say, “He is not the man we have always known.”

The world is now glorying in being whoever they want to be. But there is one thing they can never be without Christ, and that is a child of God who resembles a holy God. This is the privilege of those who are in Christ. May each of us who have been made children of God through Christ glory in who we are and who we have the potential to become.

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.