It’s so weird.
This one thought has bugged me, gnawed on my heart, and literally “followed” me around for weeks now.
I discovered it one day as I was browsing through images on Pinterest.
This quote comes from a long-time Ohio pastor and author who died before most of us were born.
Are you curious about this thought that’s been badgering me?
It’s from A.W. Tozer—who wrote more than 60 books—and said this,
“What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
So, what does come to our minds when you and I think about God?
How do we really view Him, perceive Him, and think of Him?We all have long-held perceptions about spiritual matters. Click To Tweet
Through our years on this earth, each of us has formed a grid through which we look at God, men, sin, theology, and other important matters.
Through the influence of our parents, teachers, pastors, leaders, friends, schools, training, the books we’ve read, the entertainment we’ve viewed, and many other factors, we have all formed certain views and beliefs.
Whether you realize it or not, you have a “theology” and a set of “doctrines” to which you hold fast.
Consider your theology and doctrines about God by taking this little assessment:
When I think about God, I believe He:
- Without a doubt, is the one true God.
- Probably does exist. Sometimes I’m not completely sure.
- May exist. I don’t know.
- Doesn’t exist. Is not real.
When I think about God, I consider Him to be:
- Incredibly loving and perfectly just – at the same time.
- More loving than just.
- More just than loving.
- OK, well, honestly I’m not sure.
When I think about God, I believe:
- We can get to know Him truly and personally.
- We can get to know Him somewhat.
- We really can’t know Him until heaven.
When I think about God, I believe:
- He is intimately involved in our lives and reigning as the Most High God – at the same time.
- He cares, but often He seems and feels very far away.
- He’s too busy to worry about me; He has to take care of the world.
- I really don’t know what God does all the time.
When I think about God, I believe He:
- Has an incredible plan and purpose for my life.
- Might have a plan for me, but I don’t know.
- Has general plans for people, but I don’t think He gets specific.
- I’m not sure about God’s will and purposes.
There is not an answer key for this assessment; rather, it serves to get you thinking about what you truly believe about God.
So, why does this all matter anyway?
Let me ask you:
- Do you trust God?
- Do you believe He is good?
- Do you know that He is FOR you?
- Is He both just and loving?
- Is He involved in the details of your life?
- Does He care about you?
J.I. Packer, in his book Knowing God, said,
“Knowing God is crucially important for the living of our lives.
This world becomes a strange, mad, painful place, and life in it is a disappointing and unpleasant business for those who do not know about God.”
Let me illustrate it this way…
My husband is a gun enthusiast. He owns several guns, enjoys working with them, firing them, and maintaining them.
He talks about his guns with other gun enthusiasts and enjoys heading out to the gun range to practice shooting each of his weapons.
Recently, when considering a new gun purchase, he spent several hours watching YouTube videos and reading gun reviews. When it came time to buy the gun, he knew exactly which weapon he wanted and why.
My man has spent much time, effort, and energy studying and focusing on guns. Why? Because he enjoys this pursuit, it matters to him.
Similarly, I believe we have to make it our goal to pursue God.We really have AS MUCH of God as we want to have. Click To Tweet
We know Him, understand Him, and enjoy Him AS MUCH as we wish to know, understand, and enjoy Him.
And, if you are like me—it’s not too much!
However, it’s a new year.
What if we pressed in closer to Him and got to know Him more personally and intimately than we ever have before?
What if we study more about God this year, read more about Him, talk more to Him, and spend more time learning about Him?
I know that I want to make 2017 the year that I intentionally and purposeful focus my energies, time, and attention getting to know God so much more.
I pray that you also will make 2017 the year that you intentionally and purposely focus your energies, time, and attention on getting to know Him more as well.
My prayer for you and for me is from Ephesians 1:15-21:
“Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere I have not stopped thanking God for you.
I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.”
I’ve created a printable for you that you can copy and print.
Maybe you will want to keep these verses and this prayer in your Bible this year.
Join us each week on Wednesdays as we take a clear and practical look at some of the most basic and essential tenants of the Christian life – the doctrines of the faith.
Each week, we will highlight and explain a core doctrine. Then, we will pose the question, “Why does this matter to you and me?”
You can catch all of this year’s “Delight in Doctrine” posts by clicking HERE.
For the purposes of the study, our main texts will be first, the Bible, of course, and Wayne Grudem’s classic, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine.
It is our prayer that by the end of 2017, we will all find more delight in understanding what we believe and why we believe it.
“…YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” LUKE 10:27 (ESV)
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