Monday, October 5, 2009

What is God Like?

What is God Like?

Jesus said, “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in Heaven”. Matthew 18:10, NKJ ‘What are you drawing Johnny?’ asked his teacher. ‘A picture of God, Miss,’ came the reply. ‘But no-one knows what God is like,’ said the teacher. ‘Well they will when I’ve finished,’ explained Johnny!

Many would really like to know what God’s like. God made man in His own image and likeness, so if we could look at a perfect man we’d be able to find out about God. The only perfect man was Jesus – and if we want to get to know God, we need first to get to know Jesus. The apostle John tells us of Jesus, ‘And we beheld his Glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth’ (John 1:14). Hebrews 1:3 says ‘Jesus is the brightness of His Father’s glory and the express image of His person’.

I’ve met believers who seem to portray what God is like – by the fruit of God’s Spirit in their lives, His love and joy in their faces. You can sense that they spend time with God. When you’re with people you love for a time, you often become like them. And yes, the more time we spend with God, the more we reflect who He is into this broken world.

I was first drawn to the Lord at 14 years of age by the sincere love of a Sunday School teacher, and the obvious joy shining from the face of a young man singing ‘Blessed Assurance Jesus is mine’. Children will often perceive when something is really genuine. May we never give a false picture of what God is like by the way we live our lives. As we receive God’s love, let it change us to become more like Jesus, and so reflect the light of God into the world, just like the moon reflects the sunlight into the dark night.

Of course some hate the light and prefer the darkness and however much you shine out for God, they will hate you for it. But be encouraged, when this happens you’ll find yourself clothed in God’s glory.

Prayer: Lord we worship You for who You are and we love You because You first loved us. ‘Light of the world’ that stepped down into darkness, thank You for revealing Yourself to Your children. Help us to be lights in this dark world that lead people to the True Light. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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