Friday, January 4, 2008

Portraying God Accurately

If you have never seen the video, The Father's Love Letter, it is worth watching.

One comment in the Father's Love Letter touches on the truth that some people misrepresent God. We don't fully understand the love and affection of God. We see it as conditional - the way we love and have affection for others and ourselves. We have a tendency to think God is angry or disappointed in us because of our sin, though we are His children.

This misrepresentation is the very thing that causes us to pull away from God. We are led to believe that we must clean up our act before we can really enjoy close fellowship with the Lord and be accepted and cherished by Him. The truth is...God is not disappointed with you. He sees you as you will be. He sees the end of the story. You ARE seated in the heavenlies with Christ(Ephesians 2:6). In God's eyes, that's past tense. He isn't surprised and disappointed that you aren't perfect today. He knows the exact day you will give up that bad habit, that poor attitude or that particular issue with which you struggle.

I explain it like this. Imagine seeing a video of your child doing something horrid when they were three years old. Now, your child is a lot older and has turned out to be a great kid. When you watch that video of your child at three - perhaps biting another child. Are you mad at the child? No! You see the end product. You see the video and you are not disappointed. You know when he will quit biting. You are confident in the child's future.

Well, guess what! God is also confident in your future. He isn't mad at you. This misconception is what keeps us from really drawing near to God. We think we are too messed up. That's exactly what the enemy hopes we'll think. Because it's actually through spending time with God that we are transformed, that we are changed from glory to glory.

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians3 :18
It's so important that we not portray our Father God as displeased, angry and disappointed to our children. Let's accurately portray Him as a God that is full of mercy and love. Full of compassion and pity. Full of grace and blessings to all who draw near to Him through Christ. He doesn't want us to clean up our act before He will fill us with the joy of His presence. No, He will clean up our act as we are filled with the joy of His presence.