John 15:7 – If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Man, at his best, on his own, with only human assistance, may indeed rise to greatness. Michelangelo, Rodin, & da Vinci in art; Vanderbilt & Rockefeller in industry; Beethoven, Mozart, & Wagner in music; Jarvik & Pasteur in medicine; Chaucer, Twain, & Shakespeare in literature. These are but a few examples of the heights to which a talented person can rise who is willing to pay the price and dedicate and commit themselves to their cause. There are multitudes of achievers of greatness whom I did NOTname, and grave yards are filled with the bones of dead men who carried in their being the potential for greatness, but never pursued or birthed it.
Yet as you, a believer, read this, you have in you the potential to rise higher than all these I have named; far higher. For while you, in the natural, are finite like those named, and you live in a finite world with finite resources and finite time, you have living in you the Only Infinite God; Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, supernatural in His being, and desirous to manifest His supernatural life in, to, for, and through you in this world. And more than that, you are His child, His heir, and joint-heir with His First-born Son Who is King of kings and Lord of lords. You are His supernatural offspring, with His supernatural ability, fully authorized as His supernatural ambassador to speak His supernatural Word in His super-natural faith to achieve the same supernatural works that He did, and greater. You have not been called to rise to the greatest heights of finite greatness, but to ascend the peaks of infinite greatness as His child, His ambassador, His heir, His vessel, His body in this finite world. Refuse to allow the finite to rule the infinite. He can and will quicken your mortal body and show Himself strong through you. Rise!
Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Philippians 4:13; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; Luke 1:37; Isaiah 55:6-13; Matthew 6:10; Song of Solomon 2:10-13