April 28, 2013

BEYOND IMAGINING (Part 1)

Big Idea: Your image of God determines so much about who you are and what you value.

Many years ago, J. B. Phillips wrote a little book called “Your God Is Too Small.” In it he looks at many of the mental images that we have of God, including God as “Resident Policeman.” God as “Parental Hangover” – that is, we tend to imagine that God is like our parents. God as the “Grand Old Man” – the “big guy in the sky”… “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring.” Or God in the form of Meek-and-Mild Jesus. All of these images can be destructive – because none of them is complete. God’s greatest desire for you is that you would know Him, that you would live in an intimate relationship to Him. What that means is, that our relationship to God should ALWAYS being GROWING. Our understanding and knowledge of God should ALWAYS be GROWING. We can never hold to an unchanging view of God, but seek to know Him better.

What is your image of God? Is He harsh, cold & distant? Then you don’t understand the love and mercy of God. Your God is too small! Or maybe he’s a blonde, blue-eyed Jesus, who carries little lambs in his arms. Well, the Romans didn’t crucify people for carrying lambs around. If that’s your image of God, your God is too small. Is He easy-going… doesn’t really care too much about sin because he’ll just forgive you no matter what? If so, you’ve missed out on the holiness of God, and your God is too small. Your image of God determines so much about who you are and what you value. And if your image of Him is not constantly growing, it will stunt who you are as well.