What does your idea of God look like? How does it shape the way you have built your relationship with Jesus?
It all depends on where you think you are right now.
- Are you sinking in a leaky boat?
- Are you sailing around the bright blue sea in cruise ship?
Our perspective – definition of the situation – will always shape the way we approach God. Recent research revealed that Americans can be divided into four different broad categories based on their description of the God they believe:
- A benevolent God who is active in our lives in a positive way
- An authoritarian God is active in the world and our lives and is angry, handing out punishment
- A critical God who is not really active in the world but will in the afterlife hand out punishments
- A distant God who is a cosmic force and does not really hold opinions about human actions
All living in the same country, reading the same Bible, yet having developed very different ideas about who God is. Hard to imagine, huh?
“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” ― Anne Lamott
How do your current circumstances shape your perspective about God? What kind of Savior are you praying to each day? Someone who needs to help you with your dinner reservation on that cruise ship? Or maybe you are in desperate need of someone to help you plug up all the holes in your life raft?
Is God here for you? Or are you here for God?
When you are trying to figure out who God is – the best place to look is at Jesus. Go to the Gospels and read what he said and look at what he did. I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me. If you have trouble believing based on My words, believe because of the things I have done. – John 14:11 (The Voice)
When you are trying to figure out who God is…
- Don’t let your personal circumstances dominate your definition of God
- Think about how the society around you has shaped your perspective about God
- Listen to the way people you trust talk about God, really listen
- It never hurts to open your heart and mind and learn more about God – He’s too much to easily explain
For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life. Here’s the point. God didn’t send His Son into the world to judge it; instead, He is here to rescue a world headed toward certain destruction. (John 3:16-17, The Voice)