Wednesday, February 14, 2007

losing sight of God (part 2)

Don't you think that if we could really see God as He is that it would change everything? If you think about it our view of God is very confined by this world that we live in. We are human, God is divine. We are bound by time, God is eternal. We are dimensional, God is spiritual. We are held in place, God is everywhere. We have limited knowledge, God is all-knowing. We see and live the here and now, God dwells in the always. Everything that we are is at least influenced if not defined by the earthly context that we live in. It is really hard for us as humans, existing in flesh, within this carnal world to see and understand God who is spirit and dwells in a spiritual realm. But if we could - wouldn't that change everything? Or maybe, if we would - couldn't that change everything?

I don't think that we would sin as much. I think we would be more concerned with the things that God is concerned with. I don't think we would get as hung up on money and status and promotions and houses and all these earthly things. (all the things that we can't take with us when we leave this dimension) I think we would spend more time relating to people, all people. Not just those who are convenient or we're expected to care about. I think we would work harder to see to it that everyone gets a chance to hear about God. I think we would be nicer. I think there would be a number of things that wouldn't matter to us anymore. The right clothes, the right hairstyle, the right car, the right image, the right house on the right street, none of these would matter if we see them in contrast to the magnificence of God Almighty. I think we would see our existence here a lot differently. We would live with more purpose, more passion, more fortitude, and more conviction.

So what's the problem? Is our vision too impeded by the overwhelmingly human/earthly existence? Is it possible to really see God?

2 Corinthians 4:4 reads;

"The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

I believe that this scripture contains not only the problem, but also the solution. I concede that it is difficult to see God in this earthly realm. Additionally God's adversary Satan has "blinded the minds of unbelievers." There is a real problem to overcome in this world, but there is also a real solution. Paul goes on to say, "so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." Unbelievers have a hard time seeing God in this place, and I am convinced that even Christians lose sight of who God is from time to time, but we need to look no further than the person of Jesus "who is the image of God." If we want to clear the fog from our view of the eternal God we have that opportunity; we must look at Jesus. If we want to see God, really see God in the context of this world, we must look into the eyes of Jesus. The more we know about Jesus, the more we know about God.

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