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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Man's Perception of God

It's ironic how some people today view God. Do you know that our perception of God will make us or break us. If we don't see God for who He really is then everything that we do or don't do in life will be the result of our view of Him. One view that religion can hold of God is that He is a "hard man."

Let us look at this man's view of his master. "Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours." But his lord answered and said to him, "You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed... So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents" (Matt. 25:24-28).

If we believe that God is "hard" on us and others, we will be the same. This view of God brings an expectation of "punishment" if we miss it with God. This is what has happened with many Christians. Because of this, they end up doing nothing at all; they become lazy, self-consumed and cannot see any bigger than themselves.

They cannot take on a "Kingdom Mindset" because they are so worried they will blow it, miss it and God will punish them for it. Notice that "the Lord of this servant," who is a picture of God, did not excuse his fear but called him a "wicked and lazy servant." Fear is torment and it produces laziness, because it just makes you want to hide away somewhere.

So if God has placed something on your heart and you're motivated to do something in the Kingdom that will bring glory to Him, then go ahead and do it. Don't be like that wicked and lazy servant who blamed God for his fears. Trust God, He will give you the resources that you'll need to get it done.

Let's listen to Chris Tomlin as he sings "Our God is greater. God bless you.

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