The Most Important Thing About You

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Maybe you haven’t thought much about the most important thing about you. But, it changes us forever. It’s not our DNA. It’s not our ethnicity. Not our family. Not our education. Not our socio-economic status. It’s not our health, either. But, consider this: What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.

For example:

Some people are suicide bombers because they think their god honors that.

Some people in ancient cultures sacrificed their children because they thought that would appease their gods.

During WWII some people flew their Kamikaze planes into warships to please their god.

Some people want us all just to coexist because all gods are just the same and not worth fighting for.

Some people don’t invest their God-given talents because they think God is “a hard man harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.”
(Matthew 25:24)

You get my drift?

But what about you? Why is your mental concept of God the most important thing about you?

If you think that god is an impersonal life force that evolves all life forms, then you just happen to be another animal—not created in God’s image—without a soul. Or is the concept of a “soul” just a higher development of the evolutionary process that makes all Homo sapiens naturally religious? But why does religion matter? An impersonal life force, or a “god particle”, is not a personal god to whom the concept of a soul can relate. Can it really be that Homo sapiens are just more evolved than monkeys, with a slightly different DNA? Then, like monkeys, when we die, we’re dirt, just more fodder to feed the next life form. If there is no future for us after death, then what does it really matter what kind of morals we choose? We don’t have to answer to a “god particle.” As long as we don’t get caught, is it okay to break laws that we think are inconvenient or “stupid”?

But, if you think that there is one God who is holy and who intentionally created you in His image, then our Maker wants to have fellowship with you, on his terms. The Creator therefore has the right to hold all people accountable for our choices to love Him or disobey Him. Does that concern you about your relationship with Him? Do you care about how God will judge you when you see Him in His Majestic holiness?

Take Isaiah for example. In Isaiah 6 the prophet records a very significant, emotional event when God changed what he thought about God. God revealed His true character to Isaiah in an awesome display of heavenly glory. Three angelic creatures hovered around the LORD proclaiming, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD Almighty. The whole earth is filled with His glory.” That vision of the uncreated, self-existent, self-sufficient Creator of the Universe was so overwhelmingly pure and powerful that the man felt he was coming apart at the seams. The burden of his sin in the presence of God’s holiness was so heavy on Isaiah that he cried, “Woe to me! I am ruined. For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Talk about your concept of God being important! Wow! An accurate understanding of who God really is changed Isaiah forever, changed his purpose in life, called him to obey His Creator at all costs.

When we think of God as the King, the LORD Almighty, forever praised in heaven as “Holy, Holy, Holy”, we, like Isaiah, will feel that mighty burden. That single burden is our obligation to God that includes a life time of loving God with all our being, to worship Him in truth and spirit, to love our neighbors as ourselves. And when our conscience tells us that we have not done these things, but since childhood been guilty of rebellion against our Maker, we realize that burden could never be lifted by self-effort and religious sincerity. We need God’s gracious, merciful intervention. We need His provision that only His Son could give with His own life, death and resurrection. But unless the weight of God’s holiness crushes us like Isaiah, we will not be broken and cry for mercy like Isaiah did. We will not think we need the Gospel of Christ to rescue us from our sinfulness to make us acceptable to the High King of Heaven. What comes to your mind when you think of God really changes everything.

Join me in my next blogs to help us see what the Bible says about God so that we can to think more Christianly about who God really is.

For His glory,
Pastor Mike