The artist sometimes known as Prince died recently. He was, in my humble opinion, a great example of a Biblical truth that applies to all people.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27
Oddly, the new age spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson stumbled upon this truth:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
We were meant to reign in glory!
“You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet.” – Psalm 8:5-6
But, this is a fallen world with Satan prowling around trying to devour, corrupt, steal, kill, and destroy. (1 Peter 5:8, John 10:10)
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” – John 1:12-13
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19
So let’s state this plainly. If you are a Christian, you are:
- Made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27)
- God’s son or daughter and co-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17)
- Indwelled by / filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts, Romans 8)
Check this out:
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” – Romans 8:11
- You are resurrected with Christ!
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:1-4