How big are you?

January 18, 2010 at 6:04 pm (Biblei-Octopi) ()

The thoughts that we need to entertain are those thoughts that elevate our view of God, as opposed to those which attempt to elevate our view of ourselves. When we begin to take God’s Word (the Bible) to heart, to apply all of our minds to pondering the awesome holiness of the one true God—there begins a healthy shrinking of our view of ourselves that is replaced by an awe, a proper mix of fear and admiration, towards this God.

For the sake of humoring the concept, let’s imagine for a minute that your self-help and self-image exercises work (even those that are spiritual or reportedly Biblical). Imagine that your self-image expands to where you are now taller than the tallest building, you’ve become as big as you think you are. What changes? You now see everything below you as small, but when you look up you realize you haven’t even begun to touch the extent of earth’s atmosphere.

So, your self image propels you to a height above the clouds. The things below you are smaller still yet again, when you look up, you haven’t reached the end of earth’s limits and you begin to see the expanse beyond what is visible from the ground. Through your self image additions you are able to take yourself beyond the moon. You are massive, larger than anything known to man. Everything is so incredibly small below you, literally you can see nothing but the outline of earth and even the moon seems small to you in comparison. Yet, as you look around, there is still an expanse that surrounds you and you realize, though bigger than anything you’ve ever known you are still inconceivably small.

You make the push again and expand yourself past what we once called the planet Pluto. It is incredible how large you are and when you compare yourself to all that is around you, the distance that you can reach and all that you can see from this vantage point, you truly are massive. Yet, still, you look above and beyond you and there is still an expanse of space that is wildly beyond comprehension. If you could get beyond our Milky Way Galaxy, you’d still be chasing down the boundaries of 350 trillion more galaxies (that’s 350,000,000,000 – and possibly more!).

You are small in comparison to all that is around you. Even if you could make yourself larger or feel better about yourself than you ever have, you’d still be small. In the scope of all that exists, you are like a grain of sand (or smaller). You are small and relatively insignificant except that the God who created the entirety of all that we can see, even what we cannot see, has an interest in you.

Imagine, as David does in the Bible who says, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” (Ps 8.4) God created man, created you, in His own image. He created you to know Him. He has placed a value on you by sending His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place so that you can have a relationship with that God whom created the expanse of the universe and you.

When we elevate our view of God, when we ponder God through the viewing guide that He has given us, the Bible, the shape of our understanding can be correct. God has not hidden Himself from you. He has taken every step to make Himself very clear, through creation, through sending His Son Jesus as 100% God who came to this earth as 100% man, and through the written record of the Bible.

For those who have never looked upon the cross and seen or understood what Jesus is doing there, what a great time to listen to what God has to say to you through His Word, His communication to you—the Bible. For those who believe in God, it is always a good thing to make sure that you are believing in the right God, the true God, who is revealed in clarity through His Word, His communication of Himself to you—the Bible.

NOTE: It is helpful to understand the basic communication of the Bible, the Bible primarily teaches us two things: 1) WHO God is, and 2) WHAT God wants us to do. If you are wondering WHO God is, open the Bible. If you are questioning WHAT God wants you to be doing, start with the Bible.

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