How great it will be when one day we get all the information about God, learn exactly how he works, exactly what he is thinking and whether or not he would recycle us as his angels (not from the Bible, just my personal wish). But as of this moment today is not that day.
Last night after a meeting of a about 50 people in a new recovery facility, several different men came up to me with unbelievable stories of how God had interacted in their lives at unique moments. I had asked those who wanted to talk to stick around and the time I spent with them was longer than the meeting. Their stories, which will remain private, were awesome and in some cases led me to ask myself a question, how much do I really know about God?
All these different denominations teach so many different things many of which are loosely interpreted from the Bible, that it has confused your average seeker of spiritual peace. I recommended to the whole group to go see the movie "The Shack" because that might rattle anyone's died in the wool concept of what the truth of God is. Hearing these near death and life altering stories not only last night but almost at every meeting, I have totally come to realize what the story of eating with tax collectors and sinners was all about.
In the passage in Mark 2 comes this verse 15: While Jesus was having dinner at Levi's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" were eating with him and his disciples (but please take notice of what follows) for there were many who followed him.
Is it possible that there were many tax collectors and sinners who followed Jesus because they saw truth about God in what he said? Jesus did not give us the whole story, but he gave enough of it to where you and I and drug and alcohol users and folks who want to recover from a life of darkness can see daylight in the message of hope and healing.
So Understanding God in just a small way is to follow and do what Jesus did. Along the way other truths about the human race will show us that God does little work in religions or denominations who are locked into a human belief, but he does a whole bunch of work where people are seeking "him" instead of seeking "them".
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.