“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”* How do we see God? If we see Him inaccurately, we may be afraid to approach Him. Let’s look at some things we may believe, but shouldn’t:
If we sin, God can’t allow us to come into His presence.
False. If we are followers of Christ, God sees us as holy because Jesus paid for our sins. God invites us to come to Him boldly as a child would approach a loving Father. Being holy is not our ticket into His presence, but as we spend time there, we find that we actually do become more holy.
God demands perfection of His followers.
Not true! God is perfect, but He knows His kids. We are weak and we fall down a lot. He loves us anyway and asks us to come, mud and all, so He can gently wash us clean. No perfection required, just a willingness to keep returning to our Father.
God can’t use us if we have some big sin in our past.
Again, false. Most often the failures of our past are our best preparation for a useful future. Whatever comes into our lives, good or bad, God will use for His glory if we submit it to Him. Our God-redeemed failures become our greatest assets.
We shouldn’t accept everything we have come to believe. We need to keep going back to the source of Truth: the Bible. There we will find a loving, compassionate, forgiving God who is crazy happy that we want to be with Him.
“Once the heart has been gained by God, everything else will eventually take care of itself.” – Madame Guyon
*A. W. Tozer
This reminds me a bit of Lisa Sharon Harper in her January Series talk. She thought that the ‘perfect’ in ‘Therefore be ye perfect’ was, in Hebrew, probably the ‘very good’ from Genesis chapter 1. And that goodness in Hebrew is less about an intrinsic characteristic, as it is in Greek, and more about relationship. Goodness is between people or between creator and created.
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I like the concept of returning to the “very good” of Genesis. It speaks of Jesus promise to make all things new, to return us eventually to the original plan for the earth for our His relationship with us as humans. Thanks for the new thought!