Many people live life joylessly, fruitlessly, discouraged and cynical. Why is that? I believe it’s because they have a limited view of God. When someone reduces God’s attributes and character, it deflates and “arrests” their faith and leads them ultimately into spiritual death.
The Bible says that those who are righteous, those who live in a right relationship with God, live by faith. “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith’” (Romans 1:17).
Your view of God is very important. Do you think of God as a cosmic killjoy, a policeman, a teacher, a dictator, an angry old man, a big bully, a distant force or a divine Santa Claus? If you do, you will most likely respond to him with fear, cynicism and hostility. When we view God in this way, our lives become muddled and confusion abounds. Nothing is solid.
Fortunately, the Bible gives us clarity. It is written that God is love: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). God longs for us to respond in kind to his love: “This is love for God, to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:3-5).
I want to encourage you to respond to this truth and enter into a new relationship with God today. Jesus Christ has made a way for you to “get to God,” so come with confidence in his name. Believe in Jesus, nurture your faith and connect with other believers. By faith, Christ alone will give you the power to live, and his Spirit will lead you into the joy, peace, hope and love of God.
- The Rev. Glen Morden is minister of Patterson Covenant Church. Sermon Notes is a column by ministers of the Patterson Ministerial Association. Any religious leader who would like to write for the column may contact the Patterson Irrigator.