|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
Our Bible verse for today: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” Jeremiah 31:3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “What comes to your mind when you think of God?”
A.W. Tozer was a pastor, author, magazine editor, and mentor to other pastors in the USA during the early to mid-1900s. He was well-known for his thoughtful and perceptive spiritual insights, and his books continue to be widely read today. Tozer once declared, “What comes to your mind when you think of God is the most important thing about you.”
Tozer is right and this is important. What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you think about God? Many people have an image of God as a stern disciplinarian or as a harsh task-master. Others think of Him as sort of a celestial scorekeeper, tracking our every thought, word, and deed, and keeping copious notes. Many others simply don’t know what to think about Him. But perhaps a more important question is, “How does God want us to think of Him?”
The Bible answers that question very clearly. When we think of Him, God wants us to remember how much He loves us. That’s the first thought that should come into our minds. When we think of God, we should immediately feel loved. Yes, there are also examples of God’s wrath and judgment in the Bible, even times when He punishes His people and causes them to suffer for a reason and for a season. But God’s love is the dominant theme in the Bible – especially and overwhelmingly in the New Testament.
Let’s further refine the question by asking, “What comes to your mind when you think of Jesus?” Ah, now you’re probably thinking “love”. Well, Jesus is God. And Jesus came to show us what God the Father is like (Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. – John 14:9). So, if you want to know God, study Jesus. And when you think of Jesus if you feel loved, then when you think of God you should also feel loved because Jesus is God. The first thought that comes into our minds when we think of God should be, “He loves me!”
Tozer was right. What comes to your mind when you think of God is the most important thing about you. It’s actually more important than we realize and so we need to come back to it tomorrow to explore it a little further. For now, let me challenge all of us to spend some time today thinking about the great truth that more than anything else, God wants us to know how much He loves us.
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