Ignoring God leads to an empty life. We can try to fill our lives with different things. But because we were created to God’s image we long to be with God. That’s why we can’t find happiness outside of God.
Like Blaise Pascal has said “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
The stronger the dissonance between us and God becomes, the more lost we are. The greater the distance between us and God, the more conflict we have within ourselves. Blaise Pascal states “Not only do we know God through Jesus Christ, we only know ourselves through Jesus Christ.” That’s why we need Jesus. Only when we live in harmony with God we find ourselves. Only when we live in harmony with God – by grace through faith in Jesus Christ – we have life and more life.
The sacred writings contain preliminary reports by the prophets on God’s Son. His descent from David roots him in history; his unique identity as Son of God was shown by the Spirit when Jesus was raised from the dead, setting him apart as the Messiah, our Master. Through him we received both the generous gift of his life and the urgent task of passing it on to others who receive it by entering into obedient trust in Jesus. You are who you are through this gift and call of Jesus Christ! (Romans 1: 2-6, MSG, emphasis added)
The more time we spend in the presence of God Almighty, the more we get to know God and his plans for us. The more we get to know God, the more we get to know ourselves. The Word of God is alive and active. God wants us to be as alive and active as Jesus. Only when we find our true identity in God can we by God’s grace fulfill God’s plans for us. But when we have found our God-created identity it is our pleasure to live it out. We are called to share the joy of knowing God and being known by him. How will that look like in each of our lives? Details differ (consult God!) but the core is the same: Live generously and graciously toward other, the way God lives toward you!
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (Matthew 5: 48, MSG, emphasis added)
We are lost without you!
Draw us near to you,
make us whole,
guide our steps.
Enable us to live
generously and graciously,
just like you.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What is God calling you to do?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you explore your identity in Christ!