Monday, January 30, 2012

Do I Make God a Stepford Wife?

“Have you put a microchip in your god? Do you have a real God? A God Who can cross your will? Contradict you? Or do you have an appliance god? A god who is happy in the kitchen whipping up whatever you want?”

~ Tim Keller, February 6, 2005, Christ : The Final Word

Provocative? Indeed.  True?  How can it be?  I KNOW so much better than to even put one little toe a millimeter in the direction of thinking of this God who spoke everything into existence in such a teeny, tiny way.

But, I must confess that I do.  I do imagine Him into something altogether subservient to my whim and wish.  I do it with every little puny fist shake when I don’t get my way.  I live it with every aching worrying fear that weighs upon my back and in my heart and leaves me crippled in a life I am meant to stand straight, tall and rock solid in the reality of this Infinite God.

In this same sermon where Keller’s text was Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:1-4 he reiterated a teaching he had heard from a female Bible teacher 25 years earlier that he said forever changed him.

It went {something} like this:

“If the distance between the earth and the sun {93 million miles} is the depth of a sheet of paper and the distance between the earth and the closest star is a stack of papers 70 feet high and the diameter of the Milky Way Galaxy is a stack of papers 300 miles high and the Milky Way is just one galaxy in the estimated 100’s of billions in the Universe and Jesus Christ, the Son of God, holds ALL of that together by the word of His Power {his pinky finger, essentially}, AM I GOING TO INVITE HIM INTO MY LIFE AS MY PERSONAL ASSISSTANT?!?!?!?!”

I definitely crave the ‘punches in the gut’.  That truth that jolts my perspective beyond the gray, colorless and small.  And this, this, does just that.

I step outside of myself and start to shake me silly with the wonder and the glory and the infinite compelling Nature of this One who IS WORTHY OF ALL OF ME.

In a million and more subtle ways my view of the One who is…

“the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.”

~Hebrews 1: 3a

becomes domesticized and I allow my own worldly penchant towards narcissism to drain Him of His mind-blowing Power through my grotesquely warped eyesight.

And so I scream from the mental, the heart and the soul mountaintops, ‘NO!!!!!’ ‘NO MORE!!!!!’ I am done with the dull and the dismal and the shadowlands of the half-truths, the half-dreams, the half-hope, the half-faith, the half-life…It is TIME to live like He is All that He claims to be and that He lives in me and that I live every breath for Him!

By His Grace, May You and I begin to make MUCH of Him with our lives.





1 comment:

  1. Wow! Yes, yes, yes!! He is so incredible and can have all of me for His glory. Thanks for drawing me to my knees friend.


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