A child’s brain is like modeling clay. His parents and teachers mold it as they tell him who he is and what he should believe about the people and circumstances he encounters in life. A certain teacher unwittingly proved this in the classroom as he set up a telescope near a window. He wanted the students to observe a particular planet and its moons. As each of the students looked through the telescope, the teacher asked if they could see the planet. All of the children said yes, except for one. This student said, “I can’t see anything.”
The teacher began to lose his patience as the child adjusted the lenses to no avail. The child was still unable to see. Finally, the exasperated teacher leaned over and looked through the lens. He couldn’t see anything, either. Then he noticed the lens cap was still on the telescope. Most of the students saw what they were told to see instead of seeing the truth for themselves.
If we fail to take inventory of our lives, then we will see ourselves through the lens of what others say and think about us. We will allow others to tell us what to believe instead of thinking for ourselves and seeing the truth. God, our Heavenly Father, wants us to see ourselves and our world through the lens of His Word.
How does the Word of God portray us? In relation to God, there are at least five traits we possess which determine our identity:
- We have access to God’s grace. (Romans 5:2)
- We are adopted by God. (Ephesians 1:5)
- We are sons (and daughters) of God. (John 1:12)
- We get a heavenly citizenship. (2 Timothy 4:18)
- We are joint-heirs with Jesus. (Romans 8:17)
As a member of the family of God, you have exclusive benefits. With these benefits, you need never settle for anything less. Why pursue access to elite social and academic circles when you have access to God’s grace, which is sufficient for your every need? Under God’s microscope, you have value because of Jesus Christ. Take inventory of your assets, and you will see the truth for yourself.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.