Remember those first cell phones? How about record players? Or maybe even those good 'ole "green screen" computers! And now look at us...we can listen to music, talk, text, and surf the web all on one little device that fits in our pockets. There was a commercial during the Super Bowl for the new Hyundai car that made the statement, "What if we always settled for the first thing that came along? Then we would have never gotten here." And you know, it's true. People haven't settled for the first inventions...they have worked to learn more, invent more, and make them better. Which got me thinking...what if I just settled for the first definition/encounter/moment with God? For many of us there is a moment when God is defined in our lives. It could be a good definition or a bad definition of who He is. It may come from past experiences, things you have learned at church, or from the culture around us. But what happens if we take that one idea of God and form our entire life around it. We would never take time to explore who God really is and allow our understanding of God to evolve. God is so much more than a moment or an event. He is a journey. Check out Ephesians 3.14-21 NIV/Message. Paul had just finished reveling in the fact that God was no longer just a "Jewish thing." Everyone's definition of who God is was evolving and becoming an understanding that God was for everyone. Jesus had come to redeem all mankind. So Paul was in awe of this fact and it leads him to exclaim that we should, "Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God." He was beginning to understand that God could do more than he could ever ask or imagine. You see God can't be defined by just one definition. He is so much bigger! People blame God for tragedy because of a limited view of His love. They live in bondage because of a limited view of his freedom. They don't experience the supernatural because of a limited view of His power. And it's easy to fall into this if we are living out someone else's faith or just going off of what we have "heard" about God. You see there are moments in my life where I have had to admit that I was wrong about God. He was much bigger and better than I had given him credit for. So we must explore God! We must not settle for our initial definition of who He is. He wants us to experience his fullness...so don't settle for the first thing that comes along!
Family Challenge: Talk about some of the definitions of God that each of you have. What is right/wrong about them? Journal, pray, and spend time together talking about your experiences with God.
Easter Outreach // Saturday, April 16 // 9am // Help us canvas the neighborhoods surrounding our building and spread the news about Easter.
Summer Camp // Info will be coming at the end of this month!