by: Marty Paluch
So man created God in his own image. 1 Delusions 1:1
In a world seeming to place high value on self-identity I find it ironic how many people refuse to let God self identify as God. Instead of extending God the courtesy of letting Him choose the pronouns by which He is identified, the world identifies God as this malleable ball of clay to be shaped as it sees fit. The bottom line is God is who He says He is. It’s that’s simple. Or maybe it’s not.
Even Christ followers can struggle with this ‘who is God?’ question. Because we will never know God fully on this side of Heaven, we naturally reduce God to fit in a picture frame we understand. The more simplistic our frame, the more simplistic our concept of God and the more limited our understanding of His character, His work and His capabilities. Hopefully, as we mature, our understanding of God matures along with us.
There’s no better way to get to know God more fully than to get to know Jesus more intimately. Jesus was the picture frame in which God is portrayed most accurately and appropriately, at least for now. Nothing He ever taught or said was anything less than truth. Nothing He ever did was inconsistent with God’s character. He was gracious, but He was just. Jesus judged, but with the purpose of helping people see life outside God’s authority leads nowhere pleasant.
Jesus was never wishy-washy about His identity. Even at the tender age of twelve, Jesus identified Himself as the Son of God. He never allowed Himself to be molded to the form of God the people wanted. They wanted a Marvel Superhero. He turned down the part. He had a role to play popular culture couldn’t comprehend. He identified as the Lamb of God, on Earth to take away the sin of the world. He identified as the Door, the Good Shepherd, the Way, the Truth and the Light.
We can take great comfort and encouragement Jesus was well grounded in His identity. His identity forms the basis for ours. His identity as Savior shapes our identity as the saved. When our identity is grounded in what Christ did for us, we no longer let the brokenness of the world shape us. When our identity in Christ is rooted in Jesus and by God’s Spirit we live like it is, God is made known to the world so there is no doubt as to His.