Written by Fiona Monaghan
Is the image that you have of God, through Christ, your own or has it come from other people?
I had for many years, an impression built from many other sources. After hours of quiet time, reflection, prayer, poetry and pain, a new image of God through Christ, has become more real to me at this time of my life, than at any other.
The authoritarian image of God I had has been tempered with a love-embracing “sold out” God who wants, more than anything else, to redeem as many of us as will allow Him. To reclaim His children from the misery we create for ourselves. He went to the lengths of self-sacrifice to prepare the way, paid the price and then gave us the means to claim it. We see it lived out in our favorite movies: the hero battling all evil to save a loved one, and yet we don’t appropriate the gift for ourselves from the Author of the Story…
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Take some time and examine how you would answer this question: Has your view of God been influenced by opinion polls, other people, social media or past experiences?
This question will be asked of us many times over our lifetime. Sometimes, by a child or friends who are seeking answers when life comes crashing down. Let’s answer with the same enthusiasm and conviction as Peter did in Matthew. He is our Messiah, the Son of the Living God! By seeing God in this light daily we will be blessed and strengthened. By living our lives based on this truth we will live daringly and outside of the constraints of our fear and insecurities – filled with joy and grace. Just imagine!
Live now with this in the forefront of our daily lives and respond to everything from that question, “Who do you say that I am?”
I guarantee you will view your world very differently.