I submit to you today that God is not some random or jump off but the God of Grace.
I’ve purposely steered clear of mentioning God (with a few exceptions) on my blog over the years, but today is a different story. Today is a day of liberty for someone reading this. Today is a day that someone needs to get it right! Not the culturally “right” or “politically right” where we point fingers and have 3 to 4 pointing back at us. We’ve seen enough of that in our church, our communities and our political circles.
“Right”, as in… How is your heart with God? How is your walk with Christ?
Many, times we associate the God of the Bible with someone who is far off, distant, not relevant and not active in our daily lives. Or, if he’s real he doesn’t care or he’s constantly pissed and angry with us because of our sins or rebellious lifestyle. Our ideas of God that don’t derive from Scripture will come from some place…. the question is, what place will they come from?
When we keep God in a shoebox at the bottom and in the back of closet we limit him and his power. We limit God because of our unbelief, doubts, past experiences, family make up and sin(s). We only bring him out on special occasions like playing board games at family reunions, holiday gatherings or social events. More, we only open up the shoebox when we have a very desperate need; otherwise we fail to connect with him on a daily like he’s some random or jump off.
God is not a hoe. He’s no harlot that you can pimp whenever you need him.
God is GREATER THAN the box we’ve placed him in. Don’t put him in a box.
Let’s go Deeper
- Is Jesus who he said he was and is?
- How can a man claim to know him but is in the same place spiritually a year later?
- How can a man know him but not love his brother, sister and for that his enemies?
I believe God desires a deeper relationship with his people as evidenced in the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 19:38-20:9). He desires more… he desires our hearts to be committed to him. We cannot allow past relationships and mistakes to frame the only relationship that should matter into a shoebox he can’t get out of. Now, he is God and he can get out of the shoebox at anytime. However, Scripture paints a vivid picture of Jesus not being able to do any miracles because the people he went to heal and save had a lack of faith (Mark 6:1-6).
Have faith, heart and commitment. If you don’t have any of these, good because he has already addressed it!
“…for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:13
God will give you the heart and the power to please him. Take heart and commit yourself, entrust your life and your plans to the Lord and he’ll establish and work it our for your good (Proverbs 16:3, Romans 8:28).
He gives grace to the humble
He resists the proud
He gives grace to the fallen, broken and weak
He restores the strength of his people
He gives grace to the distracted
He awakens and illuminates their minds and restores their identity
He gives grace to the confused
He gives direction and a peace that is unlike anything this world can give
He gives grace in grief
He comforts the hearts of men
He gives grace to the sinner
He calls all men to repentance and faith in him
He gives grace so men can know him and walk in the abundance of the things the world cannot provide.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 1:3