By Sergio Ramos
“We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” Psalm 78:4-6 (NIV)
Hollywood is on a roll with superhero movies these days – Superman, Batman, Iron Man. In one superhero movie, Will Smith plays a not-so-super superhero named Hancock. He has superpowers, but he is selfish. He doesn’t understand how much good he could do with the power he has.
Many of us ‘Jesus followers’ have a little Hancock in us: the divine capability to make a much greater difference and to leave a legacy that matters.
There is an amazing description of who we really are in Ephesians 2:10: “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
In the days of David, things were not so different from today. In 1 Samuel 16 God spoke to Samuel and asked him to anoint the new king of Israel.
Samuel saw Jesse’s first son, Eliab, and without hesitation he thought, “Surely this is the one God will anoint as king of Israel.” The prophet Samuel and David’s father, Jesse, did not see a great king or a warrior in David. They were more concerned with the external appearance of what a king should look like than the heart of the man.
It is clear that society and circumstances influence the way people interpret success today. However, it is only through obedience that one can experience true freedom and the joy of serving God.
When you allow other things to get between you and God, you become an easy target for destruction that brings failure and disgrace. If we allow God’s presence to overwhelm us, it will revive those elements of the Christian life that God intended for us. You will see his power in your life.
Sergio Ramos is a gift officer for Buckner Foundation. He has been with Buckner since 2008.
Prayer of the Week:
-God, fill us with your presence, that we may see the good works you have prepared for us to do and do them with joy, to the glory of your name.
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