More of God?
Who wants more of God? A time of unprecedented power and majesty of God is approaching. But I wonder if we understand the significance of having the full magnitude of God in our midst? What will more of God actually look like?
Listening to some people talk about ‘more of God’ and you would think it’s going to be cozy. They may be thinking more of this modern world where everyone gets a trophy, no one fails, and we are all equal no matter what we do. Sorry but that simply is not Biblical.
We should read the Bible starting with the story Ananias and Sapphira– not an Old Testament scenario. They dropped dead for lying to the Holy Ghost. How is that for cozy? The picture of love being painted in order to draw followers is permissive and without consequence. Remember, this severe scenario played out at the height of revival– New Testament revival. This is not to dismiss the importance of God’s grace but to underscore the significance of God in our midst.
There seems to be an unhealthy trend in the church catering to the preferences of men. While the actual interests of God are not at odds with what men really need, God must be priority one. This is central to the Kingdom of God. So we might want to distance ourselves from Satan for example. Jesus described him as being ‘mindful of the things of men’ rather than God (Matthew 16:23). We have become far too oriented around the things of men. Have we done the same as Satan–making ourselves attractive by coddling what we know people wish to hear? It is time to become mindful of the things of God.
Somehow it has become unfashionable to accentuate our obligations toward God. The word ‘legalism’ is tossed out like condiments at a hot dog stand. No one dares emphasize anything but the privileges of being a child of God. What about the responsibilities and characteristics of being a child of God? If the religious leaders were rebuffed until the fruit of repentance was in evidence, should we require less? (Matthew 3:8)
For fear of provoking our particular penchant for condemnation, we are forced to couch any challenge in the softest of language. All this while making every conceivable effort to ensure no one is offended. In the end, if there is any challenge, it is directed to those not in the room. The proverbial others are always the only ones needing correction.
It seems some have become uncomfortable with the God of the Bible. But this has always been our problem. Man wants to create a God in his own image; yet, it is God who is creating a people in His image. In the fear of the Lord we need to make room for who He is. Ready or not, He is coming. Don’t get me wrong, it is going to be great and it is going to be wild, but it will be full of Him. Who wants more of God?