In Luke 9:20 Jesus asked Peter, “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I ‘am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah. Jesus commended him for having an answer that came from heaven itself, from the Father.
When I have asked myself that question over the years I have answered it in different ways at different times. Many times my response reflected my current circumstances. I know I am in a much better place to answer that question now and I’m so thankful for the reality of who God is to me, Who Jesus is to me.
In reality we all have an ever changing perspective on who God is to us, it is part of God’s slow, steady, and sure work in our life in transforming us into His likeness. So our answer to this question should be ever growing and maturing. It needs to be said that we sometimes become stagnate and find ourselves stuck in a belief system that traps us with guilt, shame and condemnation. This leads us to believe that God must require us to live in a merit and demerit system.
So how did we get influenced by guilt, shame and condemnation?
For most of us we have built an understanding of who God is to us around our own wounding. This wounding comes from the things that were done to us and the things we have done. For some of us it is simply growing up in the mud of your family of origin. Often leaving us in a place of accepting the assumption we are not good enough to please God. If you are currently in this place I would encourage you to open yourself up to the Father, friends, counselors, pastors or a spiritual director. There is freedom from these things. I am a living testimony of finding new life after living with self-condemnation for many years.
We need a new beginning and new start for our journey into who God is to us.
In my first post I said we started our journey of faith in the wrong place to discover uncomplicated faith. That is also true in answering this question of who God is to you.
Going back to the beginning is always a great way to look for a new starting point? However this time I want us to look at a time before anything… stay with me here, it will be good at the end.
In a book by Michael Reeves called “Delighting in the Trinity”. Reeves gives us a solid biblical basses for understanding the true nature of God toward you. Reeves says that some people have asked, what was God doing before creation? The joke here is that some scholars have answered by saying that he was creating a hell for people who ask dumb questions like this one……..
Yet, Jesus felt it was important to answer that question for us. In John 17:24 Jesus prayed “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
So, don’t miss this, before anything was ever created, while everything was still an empty void in space, God was a Father loving His son.
Reeves goes on to tell us that if you really want to know who God is you must look at Jesus. The bible tells us in one place no one has ever seen God. Yet, Jesus said if you have seen me, you have seen the Father.
So…. Who is God to you?
Does your answer see Him as the loving Father he has always been, does you answer see Him the way Jesus portrays Him, as he walks among us and with us in all of life. In John 17:26 Jesus praying for all of us, says the love the Father has for Him will also be in all of us. Is this the God of your heart, mind, soul and strength? As Jesus interacts with others, even with those who some said were not worthy of a relationship with God, Jesus gives us the perfect picture of who God is, in His words and His actions. And don’t miss seeing how Jesus was present with the Father in all of his life, death and resurrection. Jesus understood the father was always present with Him.
You have heard it was said that the bible is the inspired, inerrant and infallible word of God. I say to you yes, and His name is Jesus, the word became flesh and that flesh is Jesus, if your view of who God is does not align with who Jesus is, it is time for a new beginning!
There are many people who are and have been on this same journey, they can help you grow in a real and true understanding of who God is. As you read fresh and new about Jesus the true picture of God, seek out others to help you on the journey. Dr Brene Brown tells us that God had to send someone to us that will model the life of love. I know that left to myself without Jesus as my model of what a life of love looks like, I will miss the mark every time. Uncomplicated faith is accepting what Jesus says, what he does, and how he is with others and the Father, this is our quest for the full life of uncomplicated faith.
My next post will address the question, who are you to God?
In many ways the title of this blog is also my hearts cry for simplicity in my journey of faith. Through years of being a follower of Christ, a pastor, a husband and father. I have grown weary of the many facets of our belief, faith, and Christianity. In my personal journey I have been significantly influenced by others saying, this is the way or this belief is the right path. Do this or focus on that and you will be….etc., etc., etc.
Rick is a retired pastor who has completed a two course of Spiritual Direction training. Spiritual Direction is available in person,phone or Skype. The first session is complimentary..