Experiencing God for Yourself
Hearing someone’s story about a great tropical vacation can be mildly interesting. Seeing their pictures of the beautiful sky blue waters, the gorgeous ocean sunsets, and the white sand can make that story come to life in a whole new way. But experiencing the vacation destination for yourself is a completely different level of understanding. This is exactly what it’s like to experience God for yourself.
We can read the Bible stories, hear about the experiences of others, and even see pictures of great revivals. But until we experience these things for ourselves, we’ll never truly grasp the greatness of God’s presence and His power in our lives.
All of us, with no covering on our faces, show the shining-greatness of the Lord as in a mirror. All the time we are being changed to look like Him, with more and more of His shining-greatness. This change is from the Lord Who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
As we experience God first-hand, we become more and more like Him. We become a light, a beacon of hope. But too often, once we’ve had an encounter, a beautiful moment, or a tragedy that reminds of us God in our lives, we choose to do nothing with that revelation.
Getting Closer to God
For many of us, experiencing God means going to church. It’s practicing a certain religion and “doing” the motions of church every Sunday. Is this really what God wants for us though? When we go through the motions of church, are we actually experiencing anything? Or simply following along and calling it good?
The reality of our step and repeat church-going every Sunday, is that God desires more with us. He wants the Monday through Saturday moments with us as well.
Religion can sometimes keep us from a real relationship with God. Our robotic presence is not God’s desire for us – He desires our hearts, and just like any relationship, working on it for one hour a week won’t make it strong.
God can do more in a second than a lifetime of religious traditions can give you.
The closer we get to know Jesus, the more it will reflect in our lives and to others. In the verse above, it talks about “more and more of His shining-greatness.” Doesn’t that sound like an amazing thing to acquire?
The fact is, God chose you. You are a child of God. No matter your past sins, your guilt, your shame; God’s shining-greatness is waiting for you. But you have to do more than go to church to get it. You have to do more than raise your hand during an altar call to get it. You have to be more than a surface-level Christian.
Experiencing God only means something when you act upon it. Having an experience with God without follow-up and a mission is not enough. God’s fortune is in the follow through.
It’s in your changed behavior, changed attitude and Christian-based decisions. It’s your learning who Jesus was and desiring to be more like Him.
There is no person on Earth who doesn’t have a God-given purpose. Pray for God to change you so that you may know the reason you’re here and how you can use your gifts and talents that He designed for you and only you to accomplish these things.
But you are a chosen group of people. You are the King’s religious leaders. You are a holy nation. You belong to God. He has done this for you so you can tell others how God has called you out of darkness into His great light. (1 Peter 2:9)