It never ceases to amaze me how we borrow our stories from the bigger story of life that is God’s story. Last night we watched the Green Lantern movie, the live-action film with Ryan Reynolds.
Don’t worry! If you’re not into the genre of comic book hero movies stick with me; you don’t have to be to get what I’m about to share with you. And if you are into them but haven’t seen this one yet, I won’t give anything important away.
So anyway, this hot-shot pilot gets chosen by the green ring to become one of the Green Lantern guardians of the universe. But as typically happens – in such movies – adapting to his new identity proves to be troublesome.
He thinks the ring has made a mistake in choosing him but is told by other guardians that the ring is never wrong and sees something in him that he doesn’t see in himself. Sound familiar?
When we accept God’s gift of grace we are reborn and He places within us an element of divine essence that the Holy Spirit can cultivate into something more than we can imagine.
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” ~ 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT)
“We’re only human” has become an excuse for not living up to our full potential within God’s grand scheme of transforming us and loving the world through us. God’s biggest obstacle to carrying out His agenda is us. God sees in us what we don’t see in ourselves!
Will we trust Him?