God Is More Than Just A Good Idea
By: Kristen L. McNulty
We all have different ways of looking at God. Some relate to Him as their Father who loves and cares for them. Others view God as a cosmic force in the sky that keeps the checks and balances. And then there are some who view God as a good idea.
Here's what I mean. There are some that believe that God is real. That the Bible gives great instructions on an optimum way of living. But they leave it at that. He's a good idea, one that we would be wise to pay attention to, but it never goes further than that.
The truth is God is more than just a good idea. The Bible is not just some sort of self-help book. God is the all-knowing, all-powerful, all-consuming creator of heaven and earth who doesn't want us to just think well of Him. He calls us all to know Him in a very real and personal way.
In fact if we flip over in our Bibles to John 15:15 Jesus describes the relationship like this: "I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn't confide in His slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me."
In Philippians 3:8 the apostle Paul writes "Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ."
Jesus calls us His friends. Paul says that he's pursuing knowing God at all costs.
This isn't a God that is far removed. This isn't a God who wants us to think about Him as nothing more than a good idea or the best way of living our lives. This is a God who went to the cross and died in order to bring us into relationship with Him. A relationship not just in heaven when we end our lives here on earth, but a relationship here and now.
If you've never embraced that kind of relationship with God, I can't encourage you enough to do so. Go to God in prayer and ask Him to make Himself known to you and then spend time getting to know Him, through prayer, through His word, with His people.
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