The Gift of Being Yourself Before God

The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. 

 
     ~Lane Olinghouse
 
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
     ~ John 4:24
 
     I recently read a letter from a Christian literary journal that included a statement by an atheist as part of its pitch.  Before you let your jaw drop, hear this:  the atheist was very surprised at how the Christian poets and essayists did NOT try and paint a perfect picture of their faith.  She was impressed that they were themselves before God, much like Job, Jonah, Sarah.  These writers let their anger (and other emotions) show, took risks, and were published in a journal that is very much a live dialogue  between writer and God.  This is what impressed an atheist, more than the churches, worship services, and behaviors that she herself had witnessed up until she read Image.  
     It is a devotional of truth, but no Helen Steiner Rice.  I am not saying to go out and write down the angriest thing you feel and present it as an offering, but I am also not telling you not to write it down.  We have all seen shows on TV and movies where the main character shakes his or her fist at heaven, lets it go and then things change.  
     Just look at the character of water.  As it cycles through it can be droplets, vapors,mist, fog, rain, hail, snow, ice…and it is all the same before God.  It becomes very special when we recognize it as living water.
     Today, no matter what child interrupts your comfort, do what you need to, but in your worship before God, be yourself and let God know just what you are feeling.  The answer might surprise you.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
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  1. Reblogged this on profitable growth services, LLC and commented:
    Being a Christian is REAL.

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