You can’t put God in a box

Lots of people are going to church today and some of them think that they are going to keep God company. They think he is some poor old fella who is shuffling around a church building in his slippers hoping that people will come back the following Sunday.

God is so much greater than we can imagine, he is more powerful than we can grasp and he is at work in ways that we wouldn’t expect.

It makes me sad when people look down on God or act like they are doing him a favour by following him or turning up to worship at church.

God in a box

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Some people try to put God in a box. They want to reduce him to some kind of level by which they can understand him.

It’s time to let God be God and to expect him to surprise us.

If we think that we are certain what God will do tomorrow then we don’t understand who God is. We can be certain of the ways he will work because he is good, loving etc, but the specific things that he does may well catch us by surprise.

If you want to get to know God, look at Jesus.

When Jesus was on the Earth he constantly surprised people who felt like they were sure that they knew how the Messiah would behave and what his priorities would be. It makes me wonder how many churches today would hire Jesus as their leader. He could draw a crowd and his teaching and healing ministry were inspiring but he was just so controversial. Many people felt that Jesus’ behaviour was outrageous and shocking.

Are we willing to let God be God today?

Will we come back to the Bible and believe what it says, rather than having a narrow-minded and safe view on who we think that God is?

If God is a bit controversial for us, can we live with that?

I certainly hope so!

 

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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