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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Implications for Us When Our God is Too Small

Victor Hugo says:

"If man thinks that he is faced with annihilation, that absolute non-being awaits him after this life, life itself will have absolutely no meaning for him. That which makes the life of man pleasant and enjoyable, makes his labor joyful, gives warmth to his heart, and broadens the horizons of his vision, is none other than what revelation and religion give man, belief in an eternal world, faith in the immortality of man, the conviction that `You, O man, are not destined to non-being; you are greater than this world, which is nothing more than a small and impermanent nesting place for you, a cradle for your infancy, the era of your splendor and greatness still lies ahead.'" (

Before I formed you in the womb I knew (chose) you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
(Jeremiah 1:5 NIV).

The word of the Lord came to Jonah... (Jonah 1:1 NIV).

I bring such small-minded and cramped ideas to my encounter with you, Lord. And you come to me filling the air with a vast love and an immense grace! Stretch my mind to take in all that you are; enlarge my spirit to respond to all that you give, in Jesus Christ. Amen. (A Year with Jesus, Eugene H Peterson, page 266).

In fact, Christ calls every believer to have a transcendent mission—something above and beyond expectations, even above the very good. (Through the Year with Jimmy Carter, page 252).

My plea today is that we expand our view of God to a level far beyond the limits of human comprehension, even to the extent that God knew us BEFORE our earthly conception. We need to claim our spiritual dimension and our sense of destiny. That is, who we are is not circumscribed by our body, the confines of our skull, or limits of physical existence. We need to face the fact of man's spiritual transcendence and accept it with humility and grace. When we do this, we enrich our role in this world and through belief eternity.

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