Monday, January 30, 2012

Being Close

I was having a hard time deciding how to start approaching this part of the series.  There are so many facets to connecting with myself.  All important.  In the early chapters of Genesis, we see God creating man fully ready to be in charge of his surroundings.  It didn’t take too long for that to change, once there was more than one and they started taking input from sources other than God.  We frequently hear people say that God created man as perfect until he sinned.  But here’s a thought.  If man were truly perfect, like God, he couldn’t sin.  So, God really created man almost perfect – a being who couldn’t stay out of trouble without relating to God.  And, of course, God knew that.  But, how about after that?

Look at the “heroes of the faith” mentioned throughout the Bible.  Every single one of them was flawed in some way.  There was one man who was close, one who was perfect.  My Pastor has been doing a series on Job.  Sunday morning, he compared Job’s friends to Job in terms of thinking with God.  For the most part, Job was right on, but still not perfect.  Not till we get to Jesus do we have perfected humanity.  And it’s the Godhood part that’s perfect, not manhood by itself.  So, what does that all mean to me, today?  Especially in regard to connecting with myself?

In order to fully understand and connect with ourselves, we need to see ourselves as we truly are.  Just like connecting with God, we need to converse with God, ourselves and others.  That’s actually how all our relationships are intended to work.  We usually start with ourselves as our source of self awareness.  But that’s the wrong way to go at it.  And we’ll explain why, later.  But who best to show us who we are and what our intended position might be than Our Creator?

Just like learning about God starts with the Word of God, so does learning about ourselves.  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” is what Romans 10:17 tells us.  I suspect that the verses said “hearing” because much of Mediterranean life required working early in life and there was probably a good sized part of the population who had a good vocabulary but might not do so well reading the Word of God.  Today, many more can read and study the Bible.  Which is good because it still needs to be our primary source of putting things in perspective.

As we mentioned in the opening paragraphs of this post, man has historically been imperfect.  And sometimes it seems like we work hardest at getting worse.  But there’s another thread woven through the entire Bible.  God knew, before we existed, that we were a mess.  And made a provision for that – Himself and a relationship with Himself.  Whether we look at the fellowship sessions God gave Adam and Eve in the garden, or the conversations God had with Moses and some of the prophets, or giving us Jesus to take our place in righting our relationship with God, He always was with us.  When there was separation, it was never God who left.

Next time, let’s look more closely at some of the things God says about us.  His perfect spiritual vision can give us the real insight into who we really are and what we can become.  But, for now, consider something.  No matter how far or close we think we are to God, He’s closer than we think.  And, no matter how good or bad we think we are, we’re farther from God than we think.  So, there’s reason for God to give us a solution, which makes it possible to be more in unity with God than we think.  What does that do for your outlook?

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