The King

Posted on December 20th, 2006 by Tyler.
Categories: Knowing God.

Ana Fontes

“Safe? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

There are so many people with terrible misconceptions about who God really is and what He expects from us. The word “church” nowadays evokes images of tight-lipped church ladies, sheltered kids in ankle socks and knee-length skirts, a big list of do’s and dont’s, and, worse of all, a wrathful, policeman-like God ready to strike us down at any hint of enjoyment with a wimpy, naïve Jesus at his side.

This terrible misinterpretation of God’s character sometimes comes from a negative encounter with a Christian or a church. The discrepancy between what people preach and what they do tends to leave a bad taste in your mouth. Specially when it involves God. But mainly it develops when people don’t try out God for themselves and resort to forming their opinion based on what they’ve heard.

Despite different perceptions of God’s character, He was, is, and always will be the God who “so loved the world that he sent his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). If only people slowed down just enough to unwrap all the love and grace packed up in that one little sentence.

It’s a fact that the world in which we live is a broken, desolate place. Everywhere you turn there’s pain, hunger, waste, complacency, loneliness, violence. Those things dominate the world because of sin. What we often don’t realize is that they exist because of our rebellion against God. You see, sin isn’t just not doing what you’re supposed to or doing what you’re not supposed to. Everytime we rebel against the Word of God, we turn our backs to him and are essentially saying right to his face, “your glory isn’t glorious enough for me.” Owch. Kind of makes things a little more serious doesn’t it? Our sin is much more than bad behavior: the tendendy towards it is embedded in our very nature.

God, being holy and perfect, can’t be in union with sin. But his love for us, his precious creation who chose lesser things, is so great that he made a provision, a way to break the barrier between us and him: Jesus Christ. Since sin exists in a very real way, God can’t just dismiss it. It would be completely outside his just character to do so. Where there is a debt, it must be payed, and God, in his perfect and selfless love, sent his only begotten son to pay that debt in our place. Jesus died so that the sin that fills our hearts can be replaced by his righteousness. Now, cloaked with the purity of Jesus Christ, God looks at those who place their faith in his salvation, extends his arms and calls us each, “my child!”

Much more enticing than the stern killjoy we often reduce God to, isn’t it? He offers this gift freely to everyone, he doesn’t discriminate or choose favorites, and he certainly doesn’t wait for us to clean up our acts. He only asks that we come to him, tired, broken, humble, sinful—just as we are—and put the world behind and the cross ahead.

If you have placed your trust in this truth, then you are an ambassador for Christ wherever you happen to be at this moment. And in case you haven’t noticed, God doesn’t do things by accident. You are part of your fraternity or sorority because he has a plan for you there. It includes much more than just having a good time and being involved in the organization. It has to do with making an impact for eternity, and part of that is making sure that our words and actions reflect and magnify the awesome beauty of the one true God.

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