Sunday, November 18, 2012

Theological Reflections - 11-18-2012

Sunday is a time to slow down and  think more deeply about God so I hope to do that in this new weekly Sunday edition feature of Living Sent Today. I love Theology - thinking about God and all that God is. Without proper theological reflection life becomes all about my little world. It becomes about what I can do for God. But here's the thing...

The LORD doesn't needs us to do anything for him. In fact he doesn't even need our love. I know what you're probably thinking - "but Jesus' commands us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength." Of course he does. He is the creator and knows exactly what we need - we need HIM!.

Think of this - God existed in eternity past is perfect harmony with himself - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then God said - "let us make humans..." But it wasn't like one day God said to himself, "God, something is missing in our life" and so God created us to complete him and worship him. God forbid God needs anything but God because if God did God wouldn't be God. God is eternally complete in Himself.

But out of a his very nature as Creator, God created all things and out of his character of love created us to be like him - in his imago Dei. Jesus commands us to love God out of his nature of compassion and gave us the option not to out of the character of his grace. Jesus went to the Cross out of God's nature of mercy and he rose from the dead out of his character of omnipotence. God sent the Holy Spirit for us out of the nature of his omnipresence and empowers believers by the character of his omniscience. Jesus sends us in the out in the nature of his justice and calls us to live in character of his love.

God knows exactly what we need - we need HIM! And because God does know "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." 2 Peter 1:4. Jesus commands us to love the God not for his sake but for ours so we can experience His life in us as he has designed it.

God's commands are meant for us so that we can participate in his divine nature.  We desperately need that for living sent today.

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