Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Where is God? This is no trick question, I am literally asking you “Where is God?” Is he in the farthest reaches cosmos? Is He inside your church on Sunday, what about Monday to Saturday? Is He walled away in heaven, or is he near by among the dust of the earth? When we reach out in prayer or call out in worship do we know where He is or if we can even be heard. Are the cries of our lips merely echoes bouncing off the walls and ceiling or are they heard by the Almighty? Our answer to this will reflect our walk with God. Is He across an inseparable divide (as Lazarus and the rich man) never to hear or care about us. Or is He right here, near us, surrounding us, existing within us. Where is God?
The reality despite our doctrinal upbringing is that God is inside those who have bent their knees and hearts to Jesus Christ. Not far off as Isaiah saw Him but rather face to face as John saw Him. And we have been appointed the privilege of being living temples of God. No longer is His grace, presence and power are reserved solely for one building, in one city, in one country. But rather it is spread out to all who believe on Christ. As we see in
1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” NKJV
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.” NKJV
Understanding this is critical to our Christian walk, it is one thing to read these scriptures and go “yes and amen”. And it is a completely different thing to consider the ramifications of these statements. We are not beggars crying up to the sky hoping that God hears us, as we have been taught. We are not competing with each other to see who can impress God the most, so He will descend from heaven. The Spirit of God rests in us, at all times in all places whether we are aware of it or not. O how different our lives would look if we were aware of this at all times. To know that the one who hears and answers our prayers is ever beside and inside us. I challenge you this question, what would be the consequences of this reality that God is among us in every thought and action?
No longer would we have to maintain the mentality of “I have to impress God before He would notice me.” Rather we must have the mentality of “I am impressed by God, I recognize what He has done and I receive it and thank Him for it.” And we thank Jesus for the promise of the Spirit in,
John 14:16-18 “16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” NKJV
Christ made it so we could receive the living Spirit of God within our beings (spirit, soul, body) so that we could share the same relationship with them that Jesus shares with the Father.
John 17:21-23 “21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” NKJV
You see we are partners with Christ and not a competitor vying for God’s attention, affection and favor. We have been joined together for 2 reasons; first to have true deep fellowship with the Trinity, and second to be an even more powerful witness of the gospel here on the earth. We are to walk out in faith with the confidence that the Holy Spirit is with us in every action. Be it ministry, grocery shopping, or our time alone with Christ. He is always there and will never abandon us. And when we do step out in any form of ministry we will not be like spiritual weathermen waiting for a cloud to appear. Rather we knowing who and what lives inside of us can step out knowing that when we reach out He will act.
Knowing that God does indeed radiate from our beings, we know that if we surrender, He will change and renew us. He will make us more and more like Christ in our character, in our ability to love, and in power of the Spirit. Our spirit, soul and body will conform to our savior Jesus through the renewing of our minds. We surrender to God we will no longer controlled solely by fallen human nature, but by God’s nature, Christ’s holiness and the Holy Spirit’s power and wisdom.
2 Corinthians 6:16-18 “16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them, And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people." 17 Therefore: "Come out from among them, And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." 18 'I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty." NKJV
1 John 4:12-13 “12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” NKJV
Now I shall ask again, “Where is God”? This question should be a constant reminder of who we are as Christians, not crying out into the night at idols and stars. But we are children of God speaking as a friend to our creator, sustainer and savior. We are ambassadors of the New Covenant, joint heirs of Christ no longer separated as Isaiah was when he saw the throne. No longer must we depend on Jacob’s ladder or the sacrifice of animals to know I AM. We have been given the privilege of having the same relationship with the Father that Jesus has with Him. No matter where we are, at every time and place we are never alone.
Written by Cameron Conway