How do you picture Jesus?
Do you picture Jesus as a crowned King wearing royal robes, sitting on a giant white marble throne, aloof and arrogant and angry? Or do you picture Jesus right beside you, wearing Blue Jeans, talking with you, teaching you, laughing with you?
I have an announcement to make: God enjoys your company.
Are there people in your life that you don’t like? People that rub you in the wrong way. People who give you mutant powers—because the moment you see them, you vanish into thin air. Either because they’re so annoying or they have bad breath or they’re just awful people. Sometimes, you wonder why God created such creatures. You wonder if they’re aliens from the third moon of Jupiter.
In other words, you don’t like these people.
But you know you have to love them. You don’t want to hangout with them—so you spend the least amount of time with them. You’re really a talkative person, but when you’re with them, you talk to them in monosyllables: “Hi”; “Yes”; “No”; “Bye” In other words, you tolerate their existence in your life the way you tolerate germs.
Friend, I want you to know that God doesn’t have this problem with you.
He loves you. And He also really, really, really likes you.
He loves hanging out with you.
I’m going to ask again: How do you picture Jesus?
What Is Your Image of God?
Why is your image of God important?
Because your image of God shapes you. You become like the God that you worship.
For the next four weeks, we’ll take this life-changing series called Jesus in Blue Jeans. In this powerful course, my goal is that you grow in intimacy with God. Specifically, you’ll learn how to connect to God when you’re outside church—when you’re in the office cubicle, or when you’re in the kitchen, or when you’re in the mall.
But first things first: Are you sure you’re praying to the “right” God? If not, daily prayer will make your life worse, not better.
Idolatry is a big thing in the Bible.
In fact, the First Commandment of the Ten Commandments condemns idolatry. (Exodus 20:3)
What is idolatry? The worship of other gods. Jesus said, You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve. (Matthew 4:10)
And yet today, I believe that we still do it. Nope, we don’t worship rocks or trees or animals like in ancient times. Instead, we worship distorted images of God.
All of us do it.
Why? The Bible says that God made us into His own image; But today, we make God into our own image. The Talmud says we don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are. We don’t see God as He is. We see God as we are. We’re shaped by our image of God; but the inverse is true as well—we shape our image of God. Yes, we become the God that we worship, but that’s because we build with our own hands the God that we worship.
Let’s ask God to topple our wrong notions of Him, to remove our blinders, so that we see Him more clearly.
May your dreams come true,
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