Tell me, what was the first thing you thought of when you saw the title of this blog? Me too, but looks and those thoughts can be deceiving in so many ways. Please, read on.....
When we think about the intricacies of God's creation on earth, the astonishing sights, wonders and amazing variety of people, animals, birds, insects and seasons - we must admit we have no way to figure out everything about God. We can certainly not create him in our image because our image is so limited while his is unending and unfathomable. Do you agree? Then say God is God and I am not.
That question leads us to these three things to think about:
1. Am I locked up as to what I believe about God?
2. Is my heart locked up to receive love and grace and to forgive myself and others?
3. Is my mind locked up to a solution to my problems?
Tough questions but God is more than able to assist in answering them all with you. You see, nothing can lock him up, and he certainly doesn't want his children to be. He demonstrated it in John Chapter 20 after his resurrection.
His Apostles didn't believe he was back from the dead, they were afraid so they locked the doors in verse 19 for fear of the Jewish radicals. Despite the door being locked Jesus came and stood among them, And he said "Peace be with you". How did he get in? Remember nothing is impossible for God.
Then in verses 24-26 he needs to prove to a doubting Thomas that he has in fact risen. Most of us focus on him showing the hands with the nail holes in them, but it also says, Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, peace be with you.
There is no such thing as a heart he cannot penetrate, a situation he cannot help us conquer and certainly no theories that can change these amazing facts- he made us, he loves us and he wants nothing to get in the way between him and us.
May peace be with you my friend as you read his words, not mine, and understand he never wants us to be locked up!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.