As a child, I couldn’t decide between invisibility and flying for my super power. Slipping around unseen or flying away at will seemed like the most power there could be.
Little did I know what my secret super power really is. The super power God gave ALL of us, completely suited to our own personality, our true self: Free Will.
Choose this day Who you will serve…” Joshua 24:15
Our FREE WILL–“Chooser,” if you like–is the ultimate secret super power. Maybe weakened by the kryptonite in our childhoods and environments, our wounded flesh. But still there. Inviolable. A gift from God. We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can choose how we think about it. We can!
I still wish I had a cape of invisibility. Sometimes dream I can fly. But now I base my life on REALITY, not wishes and dreams. I choose to follow God’s will, choose to memorize and soak in scripture so I can think more like Him all the time. “As a man thinks,” scripture tells us, “so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
We act like free will is nothing, when it is everything. So important to God that He didn’t even save His son from the rejection and torture they heaped on Him. Jesus could have walked out of the Garden of Gethsemane, saved Himself from his bloody end. But what He DID was say “Nevertheless not My will but Thine,” and go, willingly, to the cross. We follow His example when we “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” II Corinthians 10:5
Renewing our minds to this same humility and surrender is the single most powerful way we can offer ourselves to Him, make of our lives a “living sacrifice.” Plow up our minds with scripture truth to replace the old patterns, hold our very thoughts up to our Creator:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2