"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12).
I love the way The Massage puts this passage of scripture -- “He was in the world, the world was there through him, and yet the world didn't even notice. He came to his own people, but they didn't want him. But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.” (John 1:10-12, The Message).
When you accept Jesus for who He really is, He gives you the power to become who you truly are. You only alternative is to live a limited life of always trying to be who you think others want or expect you to be.
He who made the world, and did an amazing job of it, can certainly be trusted to do the same for you. He created you, and knows you better than you know yourself. He knows what your gifts and abilities are – even the ones you don’t even know you possess.
He knows your hopes and fears, your dreams and dreads; He knows every wound your heart has suffered, and each tear that has fallen from your eye. He knows what makes you laugh, what fills you with wonder, what stirs you with passion, and what causes you to pause in silent thought.
He knows what bothers you, what blesses you, and what burdens you.
He knows everything about you; your past, your present, and your future. He knows your failures, and your victories. He knows your potential, as well as the things that hold you back from reaching it.
He knows……and He loves you.
He loves you so much, in fact, that He stands ready to make you fully into the person you were created to become; to give you the power to become who you truly are; to live in the boundless benefits of being a child of God.
Why then continue living a pretend life; a life spent always trying to please those who are never satisfied? Live instead under the Father's smile and become who you truly are!!